The WPA offers great a whole wealth of research opportunities for historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and researchers in many other fields. Previously research was hindered by the sheer size and complexity of this collection, which has 87 separate finding aids. The Guide to the Western Pacific Archives is a new resource offering easier points of access to this rich collection.
Recent research and publications which have drawn on the WPA include:
- The history of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony
- The interface between native medical practitioners and the colonial administration
- German migrants in Tonga
- The legal status of indigenous peoples
- Numerous family history projects.