Kowai Archives

The Kowai Archives Society was formed in 1990 and is based in the former Kowai County Office at Balcairn.  This building was opened in 1922 as a Peace Memorial for the district and has a Class 2 designation from the Historic Places Trust.

The Society collects and preserves historical items relating to the area  between the Ashley and Waipara Rivers (the former Kowai County).  These items include family histories, records from churches, schools, cemeteries, local businesses and sports groups.  These are made available to researchers and anyone interested in the history of the area.


Meeting Times

Our building has recently been repaired and strengthened. Volunteers work Wednesday afternoons and visitors are welcome 1.30-3.30pm or by appointment.

Meetings advertised in local paper



Physical Location

1091 Upper Sefton Road, Balcairn
Highway 72 mid way between Amberley and Rangiora

Postal Address

The Secretary
Kowai Archives Society Inc.
12 Springside Place, Redwood,
Christchurch 8051


03 3541312