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Ngā Kohinga Māori - Māori Collections

Napier Libraries recognise the place of Māori as the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand and is committed to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. We aim to provide resources which meet the needs of Māori within the Napier community; and to promote bicultural awareness and increase understanding of New Zealand heritage for all library users.

The Māori collections contain items written in English, items written in te reo Māori, and bilingual material. There are works by authors who identify as Māori as well as works on general subjects that feature predominantly Māori content.

Different parts of the Māori collection are located across both libraries:

Collection
Location
Heritage Collection Hawkes Bay Māori – Ngāti Kahungunu  Reference only - Napier
Heritage Māori Collection - Kohikohinga Māori
Lending - Napier and Taradale
Children's Māori Collection Lending – Napier and Taradale

Resources in the Māori Collection include:

  • Tribal history, pre-European New Zealand history, and modern history from a Māori viewpoint
  • 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
  • Māori language instruction/courses
  • Te reo Māori dictionaries
  • Works published in te reo Māori including fiction, poetry, or picture books
  • Bilingual material

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