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Maori Reference collection - Kaiārahi Kohikohinga Māori

te Reo Māori language version

Interested in finding out more about your Whakapapa? Then we can help you at Wellington Central Library. You can visit Kohikohinga Māori on the second floor to see one of the country's best collections of Māori books and resources available in a public library.

Te Kohikohinga Māori is a reference-only collection of books, microfiche, and microfilms. This means that the material must be read or viewed in the Library Where our friendly staff are available to help you find what you want.
The books have identifying stickers on their spines - a red, white and black flag.

Books and videos that you can borrow:
Ground Floor Children, & Fiction
First Floor: Nonfiction 000-899
Second Floor: Non-fiction 900's

You can search for any topic you are interested in on our catalogue system and if you can't find it our staff will be able to help.

Government sources and general indexes

You may be surprised at the wealth of interesting information to be found in government sources and indexes, especially available in the Appendices to the Journals.

Appendices to the Journals of the Legislative Council and the House of Representatives
(please note - issues relating to Native affairs between 1863 and 1928 are contained in the G and E series papers of the Appendices)

For example
- 1928 - Royal Commission to inquire into confiscations of native lands (available in G series papers)
- 1865 - Crown grants issued to natives (E series papers)
- 1863 - Return of Ngāti Awa iwi to Taranaki (E series papers)

Raupatu Document Bank
139 volumes of material documenting land claims from the 1870s to 1960s plus statutes relating to confiscated land are available.

Fletcher's Index to Māori names -
There are four volumes in book form, or two microfilms. The indexes include names of people and places in several books that were published before 1926.

People of Many Peaks
Maori biographies from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, vol 1 1769 - 1869. (Branch libraries also have lending copies).

Turbulent Years
Maori biographies from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, vol 2 1870 - 1900. (Branch libraries also have lending copies).

Other publications


Here are some examples of important journals:

Transactions and proceedings of the New Zealand Institute : early reports have interesting early writings on anthropology, botany, history etc.

Journal of the Polynesian Society (Kept at Second Floor Desk )

We also have Te Ao Hou (1952-1975), Tū Tangata, Tū Mai, Mana Magazine (and other magazines)


The library also has several iwi newspapers.


Please ask at the second floor desk to view:

Turton's Epitome of official documents
Māori land claims in the AJHR & LC 1855-1985.
Taranaki Crown grants
Mackay's Compendium of official documents
Niupepa 1842-1933
Waitangi Tribunal research documents and submissions ( claims 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 22, 26 & 150, 32, 33)
NZ Māori voters' roll 1908
Māori births, deaths (1913-61) & marriages (1913-54)


Please ask at the second floor desk to view:

Māori Land Court minute books:
Wellington, Wairarapa, Otaki, Taranaki, Wanganui
Takitimu, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto,
Te Waipounamu

(There is a CD-ROM index of all minute books covering the period between 1865 to 1910.)

Information can usually be printed out for you to take away.

For more information call us on 801-4112 or come and visit us at the Central Library, 2nd Floor Reference desk.

Please contact our Maori reference librarian if you have any enquiries or suggestions. Kia ora.

Korero o te Wa I Raraunga I Rauemi I Te Whanganui a Tara I Whakapapa