Showing an image of Kowhaiwhai from John Henry Menzies' 'Maori patterns painted and carved'.Māori collections

Māori collections are held at the majority of libraries across the region. They include both current and heritage materials.


Sir George Grey Special Collections

A number of significant Māori collections are included in the Sir George Grey Special Collections:

Te Kohinga Matua – Māori reference collection

Te Kohinga Matua is a Māori reference collection at the Central Auckland Research Centre, Central City Library.

A focused and comprehensive reference-only collection of resources on all facets of Māori life and endeavour.  We aim to provide a holistic approach to the Māori information needs of our customers – Māori and non-Māori alike.

Resources include Māori serials, Māori Land Court minute books, Raupatu Document Bank, Waitangi Tribunal reports and facsimile copies of the Grey Māori manuscripts.


Te Wāhi Rangahau

Te Wāhi Rangahau is a specialised Māori collection at the South Auckland Research Centre, Manukau Library & Research Centre.

This extensive collection includes the Māori Land Court minute books on microfilm from 1865 to 1975, the Raupatu Document Bank, Turton’s Maori Land Deeds on microfiche, Māori electoral rolls, the Journals of the Polynesian Society, and a wide range of other iwi and whakapapa materials.


Māori Resources Collection - Tikanga Māori collection

Tikanga Māori collection is a specialist Mātauranga Māori collection at Takapuna Library.

Housed in the New Zealand Collection, this collection brings together material in te reo and relating to tikanga Māori. It is for anyone who would like to know more about the language, culture, history and contemporary issues of tangata whenua. The collection includes the Maori newspaper Niupepa (1842-1933 held on microfiche) and some Waitangi Tribunal reports.

For more information on the New Zealand Collection contact the New Zealand Collection Librarian on 09 486 8466 or contact Takapuna Library on 09 486 8460.


Te Pou ki te Herenga Mātauranga o te Raki Pae Whenua

The Māori reference collection is a special collection of books and other materials about Māori language, history and culture held at Northcote Library, Te Whare Mātauranga o Northcote.

The Māori reference collection is for use in the library with duplicate copies of most items available for borrowing from the general collections.  Resources include books, microfiche, magazines, newspapers and a resource file – Te Kete Mātauranga.

 For more information contact Northcote Library on 09 486 8490.


Te Kohinga pukapuka taonga Māori

Te Kohinga pukapuka taonga Māori is an extensive collection of Māori reference resources at the West Auckland Research Centre, Waitakere Central Library.

These resources are for use in the library and duplicate copies of most items are available to borrow.


Digital resources

An index for information on iwi/hapū history, tikanga-a-iwi and whakapapa held in the heritage and research collections of Auckland Libraries.

Knowledge Basket Māori Land Court Minute Books Index
Provides access to information found in the minute books from 1865 to 1910.

The New Zealanders Illustrated, by George Angas
A digitised version of The New Zealanders Illustrated by George French Angas.

A gift to Sir George from the Angas family, the book contains 60 plates showing scenes from 1840s New Zealand life, and is particularly valued for the wealth of detail it contains about Māori life during the early colonial period.

Hokianga online exhibition
Hokianga is a captivating story of memories, reflections and living histories, delicately woven together from the heritage collections held in Auckland Libraries, as well as the precious items loaned from private family collections, and the beautiful works of Hokianga artists. Together these threads illustrate the rich history and exquisite beauty of this special place.

This online exhibition reflects the successful Hokianga exhibition held at Auckland City Libraries July to September 2007.

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