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Find out about the history of Rotorua right here.
Te Kohikohinga Māori holds a wide range of historical and current information with significance to Te Arawa people. The library also has a Māori reference collection. These resources are located in the Heritage and Research area.
The Library has been investigating ways of sharing the special information we hold in our Māori collections; this information assists communities who study Māori. The list is an annotated bibliography about pūrākau, Te Arawa histories that remind us about why something is the way it is and/or why something happened. The inventory gives a brief summary of the author and content evaluation; it also describes what language the book involves. This material is searchable on our website catalogue and can be located in the Children's, Teen, Adult Non-fiction and Māori collections. If you need assistance please ask a librarian.
In 2004 the Crown Forestry Rental Trust gifted ninety volumes of the MLCMB to the Rotorua Library. These volumes were in relation to the Central North Island of New Zealand; Waiariki, Maniapoto and Aotea districts.
The MCLMB are an important source of information covering subjects to do with Māori history, geography, law, whakapapa and personal research purposes. This material is located in the Heritage and Research area; please ask staff for any assistance.
To access Minute Books not held by the Rotorua Library, an appointment can be made at Te Kooti Whenua Māori - The Māori Land Court.
Finding relevant information in the Māori Land Court Minute Books
To help with Māori Land Court Minute Book enquries the library is subscribed to the Māori Land Court Minute Books Index (MLCMBI); this database allows you to search keyword terms and find which minute books between 1865 and 1910 contain relevant references for your search. Alternatively, there is a computer database in the Heritage and Research Area which can be used to search for references or the Auckland University Māori Land Court Minute Books Index.
Māori is the foundation language of Aotearoa, the ancestral language of tangata whenua (indigenous people) and a taonga guaranteed protection under the Treaty of Waitangi.
During the 19th and early 20th century Māori language was the main language of communication. However, the establishment of schools saw Māori children being taught almost entirely in English. An English language only policy was often strictly enforced through physical punishment. For more information about the Māori language please read.
Kohikohinga Māori holds a variety of material for people wanting to learn the Māori language, these items include:
• Courses in Maori• Dictionaries• Grammar
Established primarily to service the Maori market, these publications are driven by tribal issues and concerns, and cover issues from a Maori perspective. The library holds copies of Te Ao Hou, Journal of the Polynesian Society, Mana, Te Karaka, Tu Mai, Kokiri Paetae & Niupepa Maori 1842-1932 (microfiche)
Little is known about Te Rangikāheke's early life and education in Māori lore and tradition or in other matters. We know that Te Rangikāheke was:
• Rangatira of Ngāti Rangiwewehi • Knowledgeable in Māori lore• A very talented writer with literary sophistication • A prolific contributor to the Grey collection
The Grey Māori Manuscripts were collected by Sir George Grey in the middle of the 19th Century and are held at Auckland City Library. The Rotorua Library copies were gifted by the Ngāti Rangiwewehi tribe. Most of the material related to information about reo Māori, pepeha, waiata, whakatauki, whakapapa, tikanga and karakia.
The manuscripts of Te Rangikāheke have been arranged in three Parts. Part A refers to manuscripts written entirely by Te Rangikāheke; Part B refers to manuscripts to which he contributed; Part C refers to letters and addresses. Parts A and B are arranged in the numerical order of the manuscript numbers of the Auckland Library; Part C is arranged in chronological order. For assistance please ask a librarian.
Maps available on TAKOA are an important source of information. They cover Māori history, geography, iwi, hapu and marae and are useful for whakapapa and personal research purposes.
The TAKOA (Te Aka Kumara O Aotearoa) site is a National & International Directory of Maori Organisations & Resource People. Resources have been developed in partnership with other organisations including the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, Te Rōpū Whakahau and The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa.
Collections from the Mary Ellen Family History Room are situated in the Heritage and research area. This collection has material for lending and reference (not for loan). The collection also holds books, microfiche & microfilm relating to the Māori people, these resources include:
Birth, Deaths Microfiche 1913-1961Māori voters 1908, 1919, 1939/45Marriages Microfiche 1911-1954Turton’s Land Deeds of the North Island MicrofilmMaori Land Court Minute Books 1865 - 1910