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The New Zealand Law Society has completed upgrades to the legal information access kiosks available around New Zealand.
Members of the legal profession are able to access a large collection of legal databases through the kiosks. These are 46 HP thin-client desktop computers located at 32 sites throughout the country and managed by the Law Society Library.
Agreements between the Law Society and legal information publishers allow practising lawyers to use the kiosks to access over 450 regularly updated legal databases. These provide in-depth information on all areas of New Zealand law, along with Australian, Canadian and United Kingdom content.
The upgrades mean that as well as a much faster processing speed for improved searching of the databases, lawyers can save to a USB drive, email and attach documents using personal webmail accounts, and open and print Word and PDF documents.
No password is required. The kiosks log off automatically after 20 minutes of non-activity. Each time a kiosk is logged on, all existing settings are re-written so any changes or saved files from the previous user are erased.
Law Society research libraries located adjacent to the High Courts in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington each have at least four kiosks available for lawyers' use, while the following sites have either one or two kiosks:
Auckland District Court – 65-69 Albert Street, Auckland 1010
Blenheim – 58 Alfred Street, Blenheim 7201
Dunedin - L4, John Wickliffe House, 265 Princes Street, Dunedin 9016
Gisborne – 1 Customhouse Street, Gisborne 4010
Greymouth – 60 Guinness Street, Greymouth 7805
Hamilton High Court – 109 Anglesea Street, Hamilton 3204
Hastings – Cnr Railway Road & Eastbourne Street, Hastings 4120
Invercargill – 33 Don Street, Invercargill 9810
Kaikohe – Station Road, Kaikohe 0405
Kaitaia – 13 Redan Road, Kaitaia 0410.
Levin – 9 Bristol Street, Levin 5510
Lower Hutt District Court – Laings Road, Lower Hutt 5010
Manukau – 30 Manukau Station Road, Manukau, Auckland 2104
Masterton – Dixon Street, Masterton 5810
Napier – 251 Hastings Street, Napier 4110
Nelson – 200 Bridge Street, Nelson 7010
New Plymouth – Robe Street, New Plymouth 4310
North Shore District Court – Cnr Don McKinnon Drive & Corinthian Drive, Albany 0632
Palmerston North – 436-464 Main Street, Palmerston North 4410
Papakura – Cnr Great South Road & Wood Street, Papakura 2110
Porirua – 4 Hagley Street, Porirua 5022
Pukekohe – 25 Stadium Drive, Pukekohe 2120
Queenstown – 36 Stanley Street, Queenstown 9300
Rotorua – 1162 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010
Tauranga – Cameron House, 46 Cameron Road, Tauranga 3110
Thames – 505 Queen Street, Thames 3500
Timaru – 12-14 North Street, Timaru 7910
Waitakere – 9-11 Ratanui Street, Henderson 0612
Whanganui – Market Place, Whanganui 4500
Whangarei – 107-109 Bank Street, Whangarei 0110.