Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui

Kimihia he huarahi ki te Tiriti o Waitangi kei Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui:
Searching for information on the Treaty of Waitangi at Wellington City Libraries

Where do I look?

Catalogue Search tips

A simple way to access catalogued entries of Māori material is to search the catalogue by keyword - but occasionally this may produce an unwieldy list with too many items.

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

Māori subject headings are being developed, geared to the needs of our own people.


As well as the lending copies of books on Māori topics, there is a Reference-only collection - Te Kohikohinga Māori - located at the top of the stairs Victoria side of the 2nd Floor of the Central Library.

Recent Māori material in branch libraries has an identifying sticker (the red, white and black flag symbol on the spines of books) to make items easy to spot.

Shelf numbers


Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi323.11994 Waitangi tribunal, indigenous treaty issues (civil & political rights)
993.1General New Zealand history, includes signing of the Treaty.

Research reports and Tribunal reports are usually filed at the subject number:

Ahu moana/aquaculture 333.9164
Fisheries 639.2
Kiwifruit marketing 380.14144
Land claims 333.2
Mokai School 372.993115
Radio spectrum 384.5452
Te Reo 499.4
Te Whānau of Waipareira 362.84994

Some land reports are kept with the iwi history.

Ngāti Awa raupatu 993.116
Rekohu 993.149
Whanganui River 993.144


INNZ is a bibliographic index to New Zealand magazines (and larger newspaper articles) and is available on the limited free-access internet PCs - there is one in Te Kohikohinga Maori, 2nd Floor, Central Library as well all floors and all branches of Wellington City Libraries; or it can be accessed on computers outside of the library with your library card login.


Waitangi Tribunal records of documents and submissions.
(Kept at desk, 2nd Floor, Central Library)
This huge collection of microfiche covers the following claims Wai 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 22, 27, 32, 33, and 150/26

Online resources

Please see the Māori section and Mygateway databases page for recommended websites and other online resources.

Special notes

Material labelled Kept at Desk is available from the Enquiry Desk at the North end, 2nd Floor, Central Library. It is not available for loan and may be used in the library. We will hold onto your library card or similar identification.
Stack books may be requested from the enquiry desks at the North end, 2nd Floor of the Central Library.
Rare Books are also available on request at the 2nd Floor Desk, on production of identification. They must be treated with care, and read only at the Enquiry Desk.

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