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Māori History

Publications & Documents

Arrow Treaty of Waitangi Collection
eBook collection from the publisher Bridget Williams Books.

Arrow Taonga Database
The Elsdon Best collection in the Taonga database contains online versions of some of Elsdon Best's publications. Elsdon Best (1856-1931) was an ethnologist with the Dominion Museum and compiled publications on Māori history and lore.

Arrow The Journal of the Polynesian Society
Contains much information about Māori. The Journal's early issues contain a repository of indigenous texts and traditions contributed by Pacific peoples, as well as by missionaries and other writers.

Arrow Māori Collections at Auckland City Libraries
This includes the collection of books & manuscripts, donated by Governor & Premier of New Zealand Sir George Grey (1812 – 1898), which have significant Māori content.

Arrow The Papers of Sir Donald McLean
This collection contains digitised copies of selected series from the papers of Donald McLean, some of which are in te reo Māori. Donald McLean (1820-1877) was a dominant figure in relations between Māori and the Government in mid-19th century New Zealand.

Arrow Marsden Online Archive
Missionary Reverend Samuel Marsden (1765-1838) had much contact with Māori in the early nineteenth century. The archive contains many of his letters and journals.

Arrow Te Ao Hou 1952 - 1975
Search or browse all issues of the magazine Te Ao Hou (The New World). Te Ao Hou was published by the Māori Affairs Department. It features articles in both English and te reo Māori.

Arrow Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868 - 1961
Contains research of the Royal Society of New Zealand (known as the New Zealand Institute before 1933),
including research on topics such as Māori language, history, archaeology & ethnography.

Arrow Māori Land Court Minute Books
Contain the record of Māori Land Court hearings. The Māori Land Court Minute Books Index is an index of over 1100 minute books between 1865 and 1910, from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Māori Land Court Districts.


Arrow Niupepa: Māori newspapers
Digitised Māori newspapers from 1842–1932.


Arrow Heritage Images
Find over 100,000 images from the photograph and map collections of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries.

More Information 

Arrow Māori Subject Guide
Visit our Māori Subject Guide for more information on:

  • Article databases recommended for their Māori content
  • Tāngata (people)
  • Reo (language)
  • Whenua (land)
  • Treaty of Waitangi

Arrow New Zealand History page
Visit our New Zealand History page for information on:

  • New Zealand digital collections
  • New Zealand organisations
  • New Zealand newspapers
  • and more...

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