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New Zealand Law Guide (ARCHIVE): Starting your NZ Legal Research

NZ Legal Research Books

Other New Zealand Legal Research Guides

If you are researching Māori law, see the Aotearoa New Zealand pages on our Indigenous Law Research Guide.

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Guide Author

This Research Guide is created and maintained by Robin Gardner, MLS Academic Research Service, Melbourne Law School. Please contact Robin at with corrections, suggestions or comments about the Guide.

A great place to start your NZ legal research...

The Laws of New Zealand (available on Lexis Advance) is an encyclopaedic resource, and a good starting point for any NZ legal research. It is arranged alphabetically by topic, and includes up to date commentary, legislation and cases on each topic.

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Latest New Zealand Legal News

Legal news feed from the Global Legal Monitor at the Library of Congress.

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Background Information about New Zealand

New Zealand is a common law country with a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy. Background information about New Zealand can be found on:

New Zealand County Review (UniMelb staff & student access) - an annually updated detailed report of demographic, social, political, economic, business, investment, cultural and environmental information. This is an excellent an up to date source of information on the history and government of New Zealand, and includes information on freedoms, human rights etc.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Country Briefs - New Zealand (open access)

CIA - the World Factbook: New Zealand (open access) includes country information in 80 topic areas under the main headings of Geography, People and Society, Economy, Energy, Communications, Military & Security, Transportation, and Transnational Issues.

Europa World Plus (UniMelb staff and students only)

Doing Business in New Zealand