Ngā Ture ā-tangata - Law
The library has a wide variety of resources that cover Ngā ture ā-tangata in our Heritage Collection and Heritage Māori Collection.
We have a range of useful databases, which can be accessed on our Digital Content page. Key resources are:
The Māori Land Court Minute Book Index (MLCMBI) provides quick and easy access to over 1,100 hand written minute book records which were made between 1865 and 1910, from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maiapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Māori Land Court. The MLCMBI database was created by the University of Auckland Library and is hosted exclusively by The Knowledge Basket.
Note: this resource is an index. Researchers will also need access to the Minute Books themselves, which are available in print at the Māori Land Court. The local office is in Hastings for the Tākitimu district. The Tākitimu boundaries are the Mōhaka River in the north to the Wairarapa in the south.
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. This includes He Pātaka Kupu Ture, the Legal Māori Archive.
The New Zealand Gazette is the official Government newspaper and authoritative journal of constitutional record, published since 1841. It contains official commercial and government notifications that are required by legislation to be published.
Find case law, legislation, law journals and other New Zealand law materials. The New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) is a joint project of the University of Otago Faculty of Law, University of Canterbury, and the Australian Legal Information Institute, with the assistance of the Victoria University of Wellington Law School.
The authoritative source of Acts, Bills, and Legislative Instruments. New Zealand Legislation also includes High Court Rules, interpretation of legislation, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, and links to other useful websites.
Other Useful Resources:
- Māori Custom and Values in New Zealand Law - Te Aka matua o te Ture Law Commission study paper.
- Māori Law Review - a monthly review of law affecting Māori.
- Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa - The Māori Law Society is proud to represent te iwi Māori in the legal profession and enjoy a healthy relationship with a number of groups including both the New Zealand Law Society and the Law Commission.