Index New Zealand (INNZ) is a freely available online database comprising nearly 800,000 records created from
approximately 1,000 New Zealand and Pacific journals and newspapers. Database records are created by staff at
the National Library of New Zealand. In this article, Dave Small and Nancy Fithian trace the development of the
database and thesauri, and describe the service in the wider context of database indexing in New Zealand. They
explain how the indexing team selects periodicals to index and how records are created. A series of examples is
provided relating to the history of the Rugby World Cup, illustrating how INNZ’s indexing practices and technology
have changed between 1987 and 2012. The article concludes with an appraisal of future plans and challenges to
the continued development of the INNZ database.