New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

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The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection (NZETC; Māori : Te Pūhikotuhi o Aotearoa) is a freely accessible online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials that are held by the Victoria University of Wellington Library. It was named the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre until October 2012. [1]


The Library has an ongoing programme of digitisation and feature additions to the current holdings within the NZETC. In the beginning of 2012 the collection contained over 1,600 texts (around 65,000 pages) and received over 10,000 visits each day. [2]

It is one of two similar collections of older New Zealand publications that have been digitised, the other being the Early New Zealand Books collection from the University of Auckland Library. [3]

Projects and activities

The Library works with partners within Victoria University on projects for the NZETC including:

The NZETC has previously worked with external partners, such as:


When original texts are out of copyright NZETC provides the digitised version under a Creative Commons Share-alike License (currently CC BY SA 3.0 NZ). [5]

Methodology and technology

The NZETC is a part of the Text Encoding Initiative community of practice. They encode all their textual content in TEI XML which is transformed dynamically into HTML using XSLT. [6] Authority files are maintained for works, people, places, organisations and, unusually, ships. [7] Topic Maps are used for the main website structure.

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  1. "The NZETC has a new look". The Blog of the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. Victoria University of Wellington. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  2. About NZETC on the official website
  3. Brown, Russell (22 October 2014). "Digital media and the internet – Information". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  4. "About the NZETC projects". Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  5. "About copyrights".
  6. "Technology". NZETC. 2005-05-05. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  7. "About the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection". New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 10 June 2019.