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Resources you have access to with your library card. Also included in this list are a number of freely available websites that can be accessed without a library card login. You can filter these by toggling the buttons below.

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Bridget Williams Books - The NZ History Collection

Provides online access to over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books - includes over New Zealand history 90 titles

Bridget Williams Books - Treaty of Waitangi Collection

Gathers together some of the finest writing and scholarship on New Zealand's founding document online - including access to award-winning histories and commentaries, such as Claudia Orange's The Treaty of Waitangi

Index New Zealand

An index of abstracts and descriptions of articles in New Zealand publications over the last 30 years to the present in English, and from September 2007 in te reo Māori. Although INNZ doesn't have the full text of articles, it indexes a huge number of New Zealand magazines, newspapers and journals, and can be hugely useful for finding articles in your area of interest.


LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll be adding to your vocabulary without really realising it!

To get started, enter your library card number into the box on the site labelled "barcode"

Libby, by OverDrive

Read and listen to eBooks & eAudiobooks - over 50,000 titles available across all genres, including New Zealand authors

Maori Land Court Minutes Index

An index database providing easy, quick reference to over 1100 minute book records, 1865 and 1910. May include whakapapa as proof to a person's right to succession to the land (note - this is not a fulltext database)

Māori Language.net

Māori Language.net was started in 2007 with some funding by Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) through their Mā Te Reo fund. It's aim was to be a base for the basics of Māori Language and has involvement from Scotty Morrison.

Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection

The Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection is an electronic collection of over 17,000 pages taken from 34 separate periodicals.

Most of the titles originally available through this project are now available through Papers Past - to find all the Niupepa titles available, scroll down to the 'Māori Newspapers' section of About Papers Past

Papers Past

Digitised New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, letters, diaries and parliamentary papers from 1839 to 1945. Coverage includes The Evening Post from 1865 to 1945, and The Dominion from 1907 to 1920, plus many other early Wellington region publications.

Rongo app

Tai Tokerau's Te Hiku Media has launched an app called 'Rongo' to support te reo learners with their pronunciation. The app has been designed to get more people to speak te reo Māori without feeling whakamā about working on the pronunciation. Although the app is currently only available for iOS, an Android version is also planned.

Te Aka - Māori Dictionary Project

Search the Maori dictionary with the online version of Te Aka Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index. A comprehensive, online bilingual dictionary that includes encyclopaedic entries, idioms and grammatical explanations.

Te Ao Hou

A magazine published by the Department of Māori Affairs between 1951 and 1976 which aimed to "provide interesting and informative reading for Māori homes". Its strength is in its treatment of 'social' conditions and issues of the day

Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. The site also includes New Zealand's last official encyclopedia from 1966. It is published here in full, with all the original drawings, maps and photographs

Tōku Reo website

Tōku Reo is a language learning show based on the comprehensive Te Whanake language course created by Professor John Moorfield. The half hour show broadcasts on Māori Television daily, but is also available online for learners. It's a fun way of learning Te Reo Māori in the comfort of your own home.

Waitangi Tribunal Reports

This site includes the published reports of the Waitangi Tribunal as well as information about the Tribunal and its duties