Theis a unique collection of grass-roots environmental and conservation-related material.
The Centre’s resources include:
over 300 periodicals and newsletters from New Zealand and overseas over 1000 reports, over 40 maps, a small but pertinent collection of environmental books and directories, as well as videos, kits, and vertical file material.
A complete catalogue of our periodicals collection can be downloaded here
The Archive Collection
We hold around 400 file boxes of material relating to ECO’s work since its founding, and the work of individuals and other groups in environmental campaigns from the early 1970s to around 2000. Some of the material is technical in nature and there are many submissions to select committees and Royal Commissions, for instance on the nuclear power debate in New Zealand in the 1970s. There are large files on energy strategies, forestry, native forest action campaigns, the struggles over the impact of coal and gold mining, the development of the 1990 Resource Management Act and subsequent changes to the RMA, conservation, environmental impact assessments, the Antarctic, agriculture, national parks, climate change, marine issues – and more. A typical file may include reports - governmental and non-governmental - press clippings, articles, submissions, council plans, pamphlets and other material that may be hard to find elsewhere – or not exist at all. There is an emphasis on non-published items that may not have found their way into New Zealand libraries and are likely not held in other repositories.
The Archive collection is catalogued onto the Community Archive and can be accessed at this link.
ECO’s collection spans a broad range of topics which are of relevance to environmental and conservation groups, and to interested members of the public. Subject areas range from climate change to environment and development to human settlements. The collection is classified and entered into a computer database for easier and more precise access.
Environmental groups and members of the public are welcome to browse the shelves or to borrow material from the Resource Centre for up to two weeks at a time. The Centre is open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm.