Māori collections and resources

Māori collections and resources

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


Collection features

Materials across Auckland Libraries range from children’s beginner readers, picture books, books by Māori authors, kaupapa Māori, whakapapa resources and tribal resources, CDs and DVDs, Māori manuscripts from the 1800s, Māori Land Court minute books, Waitangi Tribunal reports, electoral rolls, Māori magazines and newspapers.

More about the types of material in our Māori collections.


Heritage and research collections

There are a number of significant Māori collections in our research centres and Sir George Grey Special Collections.

Highlights of the Sir George Grey Special Collections include:

  • Grey Māori Manuscripts collection (scrapbooks with drawings, prints and paintings from the 1800s) photographs
  • Grey Printed Māori collection (Sir George Grey’s collection of books printed in te reo Māori)
  • Printed Māori collection (books in te reo Māori that were not donated by Grey).

The research centres also have specialised Māori collections which may include:

  • Māori Land Court minute books
  • Official Government Publications
  • Niupepa & kāipanui (newspapers and periodicals)
  • Waitangi Tribunal reports
  • Māori electoral rolls
  • Raupatu Document Bank
  • Turton’s Māori Land Deeds
  • Legal Māori archives
  • Whakapapa resources
  • Waka Huia DVD collection
  • Childrens collections

Find out more about the heritage Māori collections.


Online exhibitions

Hokianga online exhibition
Hokianga - an online exhibition is a story of memories, reflections and living histories, delicately woven together from the heritage collections held in Auckland Libraries. View the Hokianga online exhibition.

Manatunga: ko ngā taonga waihohanga atu ki te arawhiti is an exhibition of rare manuscripts, early published materials, photographs, maps, drawings, newspapers and other objects, many of which have never been on public display before. View the Manatunga exhibition online.



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

Māori Land Court Minute Books Index
The Māori Land Court Minute Books Index is an index of the information found in the Māori Land Court minute books from 1865 to 1910.

The New Zealanders Illustrated
View a digitized version of the New Zealanders Illustrated by George Angas. The book shows scenes from 1840s New Zealand life, providing a wealth of detail about Māori life during the early colonial period.


Local collections

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

Kohinga Pukapuka Taonga Māori - Māori reference collection, Waitakere Central Library
Kohinga pukapuka taonga Māori - Māori reference collection is housed in Tari Tohutoru - the reference department, level 2, Waitakere Central Library. Although these resources may not leave the room, duplicate copies of most items are available for request should you require a borrowing copy. Photocopy facilities are also available.

Te Kohinga Matua, Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Central City Library
A focused and comprehensive reference-only collection of resources pertaining to all facets of Māori life and endeavour. The aim is to provide a holistic approach to the Māori information needs of our customers – Māori and non-Māori alike. The Te Kohinga Matua Māori collection includes tribal histories, whakapapa information, books with a strong Māori kaupapa, and books in the Māori language. The Te Kohinga Matua Māori collection is based in the Central Auckland Research Centre. Material in te reo is purchased as well as appropriate resources in English. The collection scope covers all books written about Māori, historic or contemporary. Items for the collection are selected on the basis of their content and subject matter and whether the item adds to the existing pool of knowledge relevant to current issues facing Māori.

Te Wāhi Rangahau Māori, Māori collection, South Auckland Research Centre
Te Wāhi Rangahau Māori is a specialised Māori collection in the South Auckland Research Centre. This extensive collection includes the Māori Land Court minute books on microfilm from 1865 to 1975, the Raupatu Document Bank, Turton’s Māori Land Deeds on microfiche, NZ Gazette database, Māori electoral rolls, the Journals of the Polynesian Society, and a wide range of other iwi and whakapapa materials.

Ngā Mātauranga Māori collection, Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Central City Library The Ngā Mātauranga Māori collection includes historical and contemporary material based on Māori content or subject matter. It consists of material written by Māori authors as well as children’s books and easy readers in te reo Māori. Many of our community libraries have a Ngā Mātauranga Māori section. At Central City Library, you will find the collection on the first floor.

Te Pou ki te Herenga Mātauranga o te Raki Pae Whenua - Māori reference collection, Northcote Library
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 Onewa. 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.

Tā Hori Kerei – Ngā Kohinga Taonga Whakahirahira, the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Central City Library
Resources range from recently published books and documents to Māori language and medieval manuscripts; A treasure trove of rare, valuable and interesting material. Find out more about the Sir George Grey Special Collections.  

Tikanga Māori collection - Māori resources collection, Takapuna Library
Housed in the New Zealand collection at Takapuna Library this collection brings together material in te reo Māori and material 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 Ngā Niupepa Māori the Māori newspapers (1842-1933 held on microfiche) and some Waitangi Tribunal reports.

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