Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui

Cook Islands Māori Resources for Adults

Wellington City Libraries has Newspapers, Books and Music CDs in Cook Islands Māori, as well as many useful books for Pacific people.


The Central Library has a wide selection of newspapers from around New Zealand.

You will find the Cook Islands News at Central, Kilbirnie and Newtown libraries. Newspapers cannot be borrowed - they must be read in the library.

Cook Islands Māori news websites are accessible on the free internet computers at all libraries. These include Cook Islands News.


Pacific magazines are located on the First Floor of Central Library, near the escalators. You may read magazines in the Library, or borrow lending copies for one week with your Library Card. Magazines which may be of interest to the Cook Islands (and wider Pacific) community include:
  • Islands Business

Books in Cook Islands Māori

Children's books in Cook Islands Māori are available at Central and most branch libraries. Click here for a full list.

There are a few adult books in Cook Islands Māori are held on the First Floor of the Central Library, to the left of the stairs, near the Art, Music & Literature Enquiries Desk (Art, Music & Literature).

You may read these books in the Library, or borrow them for 3 weeks with your Library Card.

Books in English

Most books can be borrowed for 3 weeks. Our books are organised by a numbering system and the same system is used at all branches. For example, The Road Code for car, motor cycle and truck driver's licenses is shelved at 343.0946 DON. There are copies at all Libraries and they can be borrowed for 1 week. If no copies are currently available, you can reserve one with your Library Card.

Here are some subjects you may find useful:

  • 428: learning English
  • 499.4: Cook Islands Māori grammar and dictionaries
  • 500s: Science, astronomy, plants, trees and animals
  • 640-649: home care, sewing for the home, children's & adults' clothing, cooking and parenting
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 700s: art, craft & music, tapa, movies & entertainment
  • 900s: countries, travel and history, including Cook Islands history (996.1) and geography & travel (919.6) and New Zealand travel (919.31).

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A history of the Pacific Islands , by Steven Roger Fischer

Akama'ara i te Kuki Airani matiri = Remember Cook Island proverbs by Renee Hollis. (2007)
Akono'anga Maori = Cook Islands culture editors: Ron Crocombe and Marjorie Tua'inekore Crocombe.
Cook Islands people in New Zealand (drawn from census information).
Traditional arts of Pacific Island women, Published to accompany the exhibition: Traditional arts of Pacific Island women at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 1993.

DVDs and music CDs

CDs and DVDs may be borrowed for 1 week with your Library Card. A borrowing fee is charged for Sound & Vision materials. If you have a Community Service Card, these are available half-price.

Music CDs are on the Ground Floor of Central Library, in the Sound & Vision Centre. Look for the World Music: Cook Islands and World Music: Pacific sections. Newtown branch library has a selection of Pacific music CDs, including CDs by artists such as Pacific Soul, Marina and Jamoa Jam. We also have traditional Cook Islands music CDs.

Pacific music CD

Music of the South Pacific
Music from Cook Islands, Chuuk, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Western Samoa and Kiribati.

Improving your English

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Focus on IELTS by Susan O'Connell.
In our collection we have:

  • Books about living in New Zealand, including cooking, parenting and health
  • Stories to enjoy.

These items are available in the Adult Learning Collection, the main collection at 420.7 and 428.24, and the Central Sound & Vision Centre. There are Adult Learning collections at Central, Newtown, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Johnsonville, Miramar and Karori Libraries.

All of these items are FREE to borrow and are issued for 3 weeks. You can borrow as many items as you like.

For more information, visit our English as a Second Language subject guide.

Please ask us if you need help finding anything you need.

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