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A simple way to access catalogue entries of Maori material is to search the OPAC by keyword - but occasionally this may produce an unwieldly list of 'hits'.

Subject Headings used in our library are the United States Library of Congress subject headings. The headings are very comprehensive, but sometimes have an American slant.

We are awaiting the development of a national set of Maori subject headings, geared to the needs of our own people.


Once, books for lending on Maori topics were filed throughout the general collections of Branch Libraries and the Central lending collections.

Now there is also a Reference-only collection - Te Kohikohinga Maori , at the top of the stairs on the 2nd Floor of the Central Library.

Recent Maori material in branch libraries will have an identifying sticker - the red, white and black flag symbol on the spines of books (the same as Te Kohikohinga Maori) and in the larger branches the books may be filed in a separate (lending) collection.

Call numbers

The call number on the spine of the book stands for a subject number, but often a Maori topic will be covered in two or more areas of the non-fiction collections.

Art, artists 704.03994, also 709.011
726.9 carving in whare nui
731.462 toi whakairo
736.41-42 rarangi
759.9931 modern artists

Culture305.8994 (ethnic) identity
390.09931 customs (incl marae visits)
391.65 ta moko
393.09931 tangi, death customs

Treaty of Waitangi323.11994 Indigenous treaty issues (civil & political rights)
993.1General New Zealand history includes signing of the Treaty.

Fishing333.95616 (economics of) customary fishing
342.0872, also 340.9, 333.1 Law

639.2 includes fishing claims (Ngai Tahu, Muriwhenua)

Health362.1 public health
581.634 medicinal plants

History993.1 New Zealand history
993.101 Maori - pre-European contact

N.B. All Iwi histories were once placed at 993.101 e.g.:
Rangitane, by J. McEwen
Te Arawa, by D.Stafford
Tuwharetoa, by J. Grace

History993.11- Regional histories

Iwi histories are now placed at this regional number - e.g.
993.117 Horouta, by R. W. Halbert.
993.122 Tuhoe, by Elsdon Best.

Land333.1- (public ownership of land)
346.0432 Raupatu Document Bank
346.872legal aspects

Government sources, general indexes

a. Appendices to the Journals of the Legislative Council and the House of Representatives - many interesting reports in the G & some E papers, during the years 1863-1928.
(Filed on the outside of Te Kohikohinga Maori, 2nd Floor, Central Library).

b. Fletcher, H. J. Index to Maori names.

Comprehensive index which includes the following publications - to 1925.
Ancient history of the Maori / J. White
Te Ika a Maui / Richard Taylor
Dominion Museums bulletins ; nos 2-10
Polynesian mythology / George Grey
Transactions of the New Zealand Institute
Lore of the Whare-Wananga / S. Percy Smith
And three works by Edmund Shortland.
(4 volumes, Te kohikohinga Maori - also microfilm, Kept at Desk, 2nd Floor, Central Library). 910.3 FLE

A. Journals, Niupepa, etc

a. Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. Vol. 1. (1868-) The early volumes have interesting writings on Maori anthropological subjects. - (Te Kohikohinga Maori, 2nd Floor, Central Library).
b. Journal of the Polynesian Society. (Kept at Desk, 2nd Floor, Central Library)
c. Te Ao hou : 1952-1975 (Some bound copies in Te Kohikohinga Maori, 2nd Floor, Central Library and a full run in the closed book stack, 2nd Floor, Central Library).
d. Tu Tangata : nos 1-36 (1981-1987) (Periodicals Stack, 2nd Floor, Central Library, please ask at the enquiries desk).

Recent Journals: (in, Te Kohikohinga Maori, 2nd Floor, Central Library)
Te ara puoro, He pukenga korero, Te ukaipo, He tuhinga aronui, Kokiri paetae, Toi te kupu, Te manutukutuku, Maori law review, He kupu tiori, Te reo

Iwi Newspapers (in, Te Kohikohinga Maori - Victoria street side, 2nd Floor, Cental Library)
Karaka Nati link, Panui Runaka, Pikiao panui, Pu kaea, Whenua, Pipiwharauroa - Turanganui-a-Kiwa
Also:- Korero o te wa, Tu Mai, Mana magazine.

C. Microfiche, Microfilms, CD-ROMs

Maori resources on microfiche, microfilm and CD-ROM are all Kept at Desk, 2nd Floor, Central Library, and include:

a. Microfiche
Turtons Epitome of official documents, Maori land claims in the AJHR and LC 1855-1985, Taranaki crown grants, Petitions to Parliament, Mackay's Compendium of official documents, Niupepa 1842-1933, Waitangi Tribunal research documents and submissions
b. Microfilm
Maori Land Court Minute Books, Fletchers Index to Maori names


Please see the subject pages on our website for News, Most recent additions to the collection, Whakapapa, or other general Maori links, including Treaty information.


Material labelled Kept at Desk will be available from the Enquiry Desk on the Second Floor, Central Library. It is not available for loan, and may be viewed (taken to a desk - or inserted into an appropriate microfilm/microfiche machine) in the library, on production of your library card or similar identification.

Stack books may be requested from the enquiry desks at the North end of the 2nd Floor of the Central Library.

Rare Books are also available on request at the 2nd Floor Desk, and should be used with care, and read only at the Enquiry Desk, on production of identification.

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