Māori resources

Items from our Māori collections are available for lending in all branch libraries. There is a comprehensive reference collection in Te Puawānanga at Whangārei Central Library.

Picture of a the kowhaiwhai spine label used on items in the Māori collection.Picture of the patikitiki spine label used on items in the Māori collection.

Māori material is identified by the kowhaiwhai (left) and patikitiki (right) symbols on their spine labels.

Reference or not for loan materials also have a red 'R' label. These items may not be borrowed, however there are photocopying facilities available.

Photocopy services

Our Māori resources include

  • audio visual items
  • language and literature
  • natural history
  • philosophy and religion
  • pure science
  • social sciences
  • technology
  • the arts
  • whakapapa.

Māori Internet resources

Te Tai Tokerau (Northland) 

Information and history on Ngāpuhi.

Te Rūnanga-Ā-Iwi O Ngāpuhi

The website for Te Rarawa people across the world.

Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa

Te Kōrero

Search both English to Māori, and Māori to English.

Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index

Te Reo Māori resources, events and news.

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori- Māori Language Commission

The Ministry of Education's bilingual website - the online learning centre.

Te Kete Ipurangi

General resources

Te Puni Kokiri website provides support, opportunities, resources and publications for Māori.

Te Puni Kokiri - Ministry of Māori Development

The Treaty of Waitangi section on the New Zealand History website gives a concise account of the Treaty itself and the issues surrounding it, which are generally not well understood.

Treaty of Waitangi

Māori arts and culture including events and artist profiles.

Toi Māori Aotearoa


Māori Newspapers


Māori Television