Tāhuhu Kōrero - History
Our Heritage Māori Collection is full of useful resources, including tribal history, pre-European New Zealand history, and modern history from a Māori viewpoint. Topic include:
- Material by or relating to Tangata Whenua, Ngāti Kahungunu
- Resources relating to the Treaty of Waitangi and the Waitangi Tribunal
- Biographies of Māori people
- Resources relating to Māori customs and protocol; mythology; genealogy; proverbs; music; dance; education; health and medicine; arts and crafts; design; carving; moko; spirituality
- Politics with a Māori focus
- Te reo Māori dictionaries and language material.
We have a wide range of useful databases, which can be accessed on our Digital Content page. These resources are a great place to start:
The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompases both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.
Search the New Zealand Heritage List Rārangi Kōrero for information about New Zealand's significant heritage places, including Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu/National Historic Landmarks.
The New Zealand History website covers a wide range of topics including culture and society, politics and government, New Zealand at war, hands-on history, and resources for the classroom. You can search by topics, events, people, and places, for everything you need to know about New Zealand history.
Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is the complete guide to our peoples, environment, history, culture and society. Te Ara also includes the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, containing the life stories of over 3,000 people.
The 28th Māori Battalion site covers a range of topics from the Battalion's formation in 1939 to its eventual disbandment in 1946. Topics include: about the 28th, call to arms, Greece and Crete, desert fighters, Italian campaign, life in the battalion, home front, after the war, battalion diary and letters.
Other Useful Resources:
- From Hawaiki to Hawaiki - the Māori people of Aotearoa.
- He Tirohanga ki Muri - a view of the past from University of Otago
- Journal of the Polynesian Society - covers the scholarly study of past and present New Zealand Māori and other Pacific Island peoples and cultures.
- The New Zealand Wars - covers aspects of the New Zealand Wars fought between Māori and the Crown.