The source of information for this site has been The Dragonflies of New Zealand, by Richard J. Rowe, ISBN 978 1869 4000 33 [spaces added to the number for readability], Auckland University Press, 1987, with additions and amendments from personal experience and submitted information.
Sadly, the book is out of print, and my copy does not even have an ISBN, but a search using the ISBN above at the end of January 2019 yielded hits on ABE Books and on Amazon, as well as a digitized version at Cornell University (not an e-book). It is available in some public libraries in New Zealand; I was lucky enough to have an order with a second-hand bookshop when a library disposed of a copy.
The book describes 6 damselflies and 11 dragonflies, with photographs of some (but not, regrettably, all). This is more about the biology of the animals than about recognising them, and is a fascinating book, though pretty technical; in the time since it was written my own observations suggest that a few changes in populations and distributions may have occurred.
There are other books available in New Zealand which mention dragonflies. I have been disappointed in that the ones I have found have generally stated that there are several, and then they may display as many as two or three photos, with the identification either at the level of "dragonfly", or more accurate but incomplete (e.g. showing a coffee-coloured animal described as "black", without explanation for the colour mismatch). Rowe's appears to be the only comprehensive text available.
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