History of the Waimakariri District Council

The Waimakariri District Council was formed in October 1989 as a result of the amalgamation of the Oxford County Council, Kaiapoi Borough Council, Rangiora District Council and part of Hurunui County Council (which included parts of the old Ashley and Kowai County Councils). Rangiora District Council had amalgamated with Eyre County Council earlier in 1989.

Council archives

The Council's archives comprise the historical records of the Waimakariri District Council and the local authorities which amalgamated to form the Council.

Records held in our archives collection include:

  • minute books of Council, committees and boards
  • Council correspondence
  • old rating and valuation rolls
  • photograph collection containing images of people, activities and places
  • collection of maps
  • former Council archives of:
    • Rangiora District Council
    • Rangiora Borough Council
    • Rangiora County Council
    • Eyre County Council
    • Oxford County Council
    • Kaiapoi Borough Council
    • the southern part of Hurunui County Council including parts of Ashley County Council and Kowai County Council.

Cemetery records for the Council-owned cemeteries have been digitised and can be electronically searched in our cemetery database.

Access to the archives

The Waimakariri District Council Archives are held at Iron Mountain, a large records and archives storage facility that supports many large public and private organisations.

Send any requests for information or queries to or phone Information Management on 03 311 8900 and suitable arrangements will be made for viewing at the Rangiora Service Centre.

Services provided/charges

  • Access to the records - free
  • Photocopying: A4 - 50¢ per page, A3 - $1 per page
  • Photographic prints - charges will vary according to size and type of print
  • Research by Archives staff: first half hour free, subsequent time $60 per hour


There may be limitations placed on some parts of the archives collection, either due to restricted content or extreme fragility of the items. The Archivist will advise of any limitations.