Māori collections

Māori collections

Whaka-pūmau-tia a Onamata, Hongi-a te Ao Hurihuri
Valuing the past, embracing the future

Auckland Libraries offers the largest Māori research and reference collection in a public library. There are separate Māori collections in most libraries. 

Our collection highlights include:

  • historical and contemporary material based on Māori content or subject matter
  • books written by Māori authors
  • children's books and easy readers in teo reo Māori
  • the original Grey New Zealand Māori manuscripts and letters including facsimile copies
  • other New Zealand manuscripts like an 1840 copy of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Māori Land Court minute books 1865-1975
  • Waitangi Tribunal reports
  • Māori newspapers 1842-present
  • Māori magazines
  • Māori language material in varying formats
  • kaupapa Māori CDs and DVDs
  • Māori photographs, tribal histories, oral histories, maps, whakapapa and whānau reunion books
  • Māori Births and Deaths Index to 1961, Māori Marriages Index to 1952 and Māori Elector's Roll 1909 and 1918
  • a range of online databases with pertinent Māori material


Whakapapa, research and database training

There are specialist staff who can provide whakapapa, research or history for whānau, hapu and iwi.  We offer one-on-one or group whakapapa sessions and training on Māori databases and our website.  Māori speaking staff can also travel to your marae or community centre or you can arrange appointments to see Māori staff in person.  Bookings are essential and you can call us to arrange an appointment 09 377 0209.

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