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Māori resources

Kohikohinga Māori/ Māori Collections

Te Kohikohinga Māori holds a wide range of historical and current information with significance to Te Arawa people. These resources are located in the Heritage and Research area.

Kōrero o Te Arawa

This list is an annotated bibliography about Te Arawa histories. 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.

Māori Land Court Minute Books [MLCMB]

The MCLMB are an important source of information covering subjects to do with:

  • Māori history,
  • geography,
  • whakapapa and
  • Iwi and hapū research purposes.

This material is located in the Heritage and Research area; please ask staff for any assistance.

Finding relevant information in the Māori Land Court Minute Books

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 Language Resources

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. 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

Māori Magazines/ News Papers

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)

Te Rangikāheke Manuscripts

Wiremu Maihi Te Rangikāheke of Ngāti Rangiwewehi was Te Arawa’s earliest and most prolific writer of Māori lore and tradition. Born in 1815, he was educated by Rev. Thomas Chapman. He could read and write in Māori but was not known to be a speaker of English. He wrote 21 manuscripts and contributed to 17 others, many while living with Governor George Grey in Auckland, 1849 and 1853.

The Rotorua Library copies were gifted by the Ngāti Rangiwewehi tribe. Most of the material relates to information about reo Māori, pepeha, waiata, whakatauki, whakapapa, tikanga and karakia.

TAKOA Maps and Resources

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.

Te Rūma Whakapapa o Maria Erena/ The Mary Ellen Family History Room

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 holds:

  • Birth, Deaths Microfiche 1913-1961
  • Māori voters 1908, 1919, 1939/45
  • Marriages Microfiche 1911-1954
  • Turton’s Land Deeds of the North Island Microfilm
  • Maori Land Court Minute Books 1865 - 1910