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Ngā Rerehua, Tuhinga Matua - Arts and Literature

The library holds a number of works that on Māori arts and literature in our Heritage Māori Collection.


We have a range of useful databases, which can be accessed on our Digital Content page.  Particularly useful is:

MTG8MTG Hawke's Bay Tai Ahuriri

Hawke's Bay's award-winning musem, home of the region's taonga and other treasures.

Other Useful Resources:

  • Archive of Māori and Pacific Music - from the University of Auckland, this collection comprises an ethnographic sound collection relating to the Pacific.
  • Home of Poi - extensive resources on the art of spinning, swinging and twirling and provides online lessons for poi and staff twirling.
  • Index of Māori Names - from The University of Waikato, this is a vast index of Māori names referred to in books and journals, including the names of boundaries, Māori individuals, canoes, trees, landmarks and geographical locations.  Compiled by Henry James Fletcher (1868-1933).
  • Mā - information about whakairo carving.
  • Ngā Aho Whakaari Māori in Screen Production - invokes their members and supporters to work in unity for the betterment of our people, language, customs and prestige, and stories.
  • Te Ao Hou - this website lets you search and browse all 76 issues of the magazine.
  • Te Matatini - Kapa Haka Aotearoa
  • Te Waka Taki Kōrero - Māori Literature Trust.
  • Toi Māori Aotearoa - showcasing Māori artists and their work.
  • Traditional Māori Proverbs - a paper that attempts to examine the nature and purpose of traditional Māori proverbs and ther role in traditional Māori culture by Paul Moon, Auckland University of Technology.
  • Waiata - New Zealand folk song and waita website.
  • Weaving with New Zealand flax - step by step instructions for gathering, preparing, dyeing and weaving flax.

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