The Federation of Family History Societies has published the Australasian Really Useful Information Leaflet (pdf, 3 MB) which has a list of useful websites and a good starting guide.
For school admission research enquiries, contact Mrs Rae Wilson, 113 Hawthornden Road, Christchurch 8042, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Before you request a look-up we need some idea of where the family was living (electoral rolls or Wise’s Directories) and also the father/mother’s name, especially if a common surname. There is a 100 year closure on release of the records unless you can provide proof of death, so the child’s date of birth needs to be at least 100 years ago. A self-addressed envelope should be sent with a donation please – cheques to be made out to NZSG Canterbury Branch.
Burials and BDM
Christchurch City Council cemetery burial records are available online at http://heritage.christchurchcitylibraries.com/Cemeteries.
The Canterbury Branch Library holds headstone transcripts of many Canterbury cemeteries, and transcripts of Baptism, Marriage and Burials from local Parish Registers.
The NZSG website has a Members Interests page which is a database searchable by keyword, e.g. surname, ship or occupation. This database can be searched by both NZSG members and the public, however only NZSG members can enter data into the database. If you find someone with a similar interest you can fill out a request form to make contact with the member.