Te ao Māori

Te ao Māori

Judith Waaka, Pou Whakahaere, in front of Whare Wananga at Central City Library. Hara mai kia tirohanga Māori ki te Ao whānui. Come and view the world through Māori eyes.

Ko ngā mihi nui rawa ki a koutou katoa nei. E pū hari koa ana te ngākau kia mihia atu ki a koutou rā, hei tautokoranga hoki e wōu koutou urunga mā raro nei e te korowai o Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero. Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai.

We invite you to explore the world of New Zealand’s tāngata whenua (indigenous people of New Zealand) and discover the taonga (treasures) which are important to Māori culture and heritage.

Te ao Māori literally translates as ‘the Māori world’. The Māori world view encapsulates facets of social and cultural life, the natural environment, ancient and contemporary worlds, spirituality and the universe.

Whānau, hapū, iwi and the natural environment are closely interwoven into te ao Māori and are supportive pillars of each other. To understand te ao Māori, it is vital to be aware of this holistic and complementary relationship.

 

Māori collections

  • Auckland Libraries has a range of Māori collections, which have a great deal of material written by Māori authors as well as children’s books and easy readers in te reo Māori.
  • Each of Auckland Libraries' Research Centres provides access to a range of Māori manuscripts covering the works of various hapū and tribal repositories for present and future generations.

 

Whakapapa

If you're keen to research your whakapapa, check out the whakapapa page in our family history section.

No reira, we wish you well on your journey of exploration into te ao Māori.

Paepaeroa

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