Auckland Libraries: Heritage Māori collections

Heritage Māori collections

Ngā Kohinga taonga tuku iho Māori

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

Collection highlights

  • George Grey New Zealand Māori manuscripts and letters. 

  • 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 photographs, tribal histories, maps, whakapapa and whanau reunion books.

  • Māori Births and Deaths Index to 1961, Māori Marriages Index 1952 and Māori Elector's Roll 1909 and 1918.

Specialist Māori collections 

Grey Māori Manuscripts Collection

Held in Sir George Grey Special Collections these manuscripts collected and donated by George Grey are often the first reference for scholars writing and researching Māori subjects.

Grey Printed Māori Collection

George Grey's collection of books printed in te reo Māori are housed in the Sir George Grey Special Collections. Includes some very rare publications, including the first book printed in New Zealand - Ko te katekihama III (The third catechism). 

Printed Māori Collection

Books in te reo Māori that were not donated by George Grey. Part of the Heritage Collections housed in Sir George Grey Special Collections

Te Kohinga Matua, Central City

A comprehensive collection at Research Central that includes:

  • Māori serials

  • Māori Land Court Minute Books

  • Raupatu Document Bank

  • Waitangi Tribunal reports

  • facsimile copies of the Grey Māori mauscripts.

Te Wāhi Rangahau, Manukau

A specialist collection at Research South that includes:

  • Māori Land Court minute books on microfilm from 1865 to 1975

  • Raupatu Document Bank

  • Turton’s Maori Land Deeds on microfiche

  • Māori electoral rolls

  • Journals of the Polynesian Society.

Tikanga Māori Collection, Takapuna

This collection brings together material in te reo Māori and relating to tikanga Māori. It is housed in the New Zealand Collection at Takapuna Library. Resources include:

  • Niupepa newspaper (1842 - 1933 held on microfiche)

  • some Waitangi Tribunal reports.

Te Pou ki te Herenga Mātauranga o te Raki Pae Whenua, Northcote

A special collection covering Māori language, history and culture held at Northcote Library. Resources include:

  • books, magazines, newspapers, microfiche

  • resource file – Te Kete Mātauranga.

Te Kohinga pukapuka taonga Māori, Henderson

An extensive collection held at Research West, Waitākere Central Library.

Key online resources