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Māori Studies - key resources

InfoDatabase title
Further informationDictionary of New Zealand Biography
Contains biographies of people who have 'made their mark' on New Zealand. It does not include people who are alive.
Further informationIndex New Zealand
Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day. The periodicals range from academic research journals to magazines.
Public accessIwidex: index of tribal history, tikanga and whakapapa
An index of tribal history, tikanga and whakapapa held in the Heritage and Research Collections of Auckland City Libraries.
Public accessJournal of the Polynesian Society
The early issues of the Journal contain a rich repository of indigenous texts and traditions contributed by Pacific peoples.
Further informationMaori Land Court Minute Books Index (Knowledge Basket)
This index provides access to over 1100 minute books between 1865 and 1910, from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Maori Land Court Districts.
Public accessMarsden Online Archive
Discovering Samuel Marsden's legacy. The Marsden Online Archive brings together the outstanding archival materials of Hocken Collections, excellent transcriptions by Gordon Parsonson, powerful search tools, and a range of contextualising information within a user-friendly interface. It will not only transform how researchers approach the history of cross-cultural contact in New Zealand, but will also allow teachers to immerse their students in a truly compelling and drama-filled set of sources that capture the richness and complexity of the past.
Public accessNational Library of New Zealand Discovery Search
Simultaneously searches the National Library Catalogue, TAPUHI, Timeframes, Publications NZ, Index NZ, Te Puna Web Directory, Matapihi and findNZarticles. Extended sources option also available.
Further informationNew Zealand Index (Knowledge Basket)
A combined database of indexes of New Zealand newspapers, magazines, and journals. The databases can be searched individually or separately.
Further informationSAGE Research Methods
A research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. The database links SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings.
Further informationTe Puna
Search the National Bibliographic Database for items held in libraries throughout New Zealand.
Further informationWakareo-a-ipurangi
Comprehensive and up-to-the-minute online Māori - English - Māori dictionary resource.


Māori Studies - additional resources

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Further informationAustralasian Literature: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands (Alexander Street Press)
Australasian Literature brings together creative works from throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Starting in the 1930s and spanning up to the present, these in-copyright fictional and poetry works will be cross-searchable for the first time. With 120,000 pages at completion, and enriched with interviews, Australasian Literature is a resource for researchers in the fields of Literature, Creative Writing, Post-Colonial Studies, Immigration Studies, Social Studies, Anthropology and more.
Further informationMobile appAustralia/New Zealand Reference Centre (EBSCOhost)
Combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers & newswires, reference books, and company information to create a collection of regional full text content available to schools, public libraries, and academic institutions.
Public accessBlue Books: statistical information 1840-1855
Statistical information from New Zealand’s early Colonial period (1840-1855).
Further informationBritish Politics and Society (NCCO)
From Nineteenth Century Collections Online, British Politics and Society includes tens of thousands of primary sources related to the political climate in Great Britain during the 19th century. Topics covered include British domestic and foreign policy, the working class, trade unions, Chartism, utopian socialism, public protest, radical movements, the cartographic record, political reform, education, family relationships, religion, and leisure. Consisting of more than 1.7 million pages, collections are from a variety of institutions, including the British Library, Oxford University and The National Archives, Kew.
Further informationEarly Experiences in Australasia: Primary Sources and Personal Narratives 1788-1901 (Alexander Street Press)
Provides a unique and personal view of events in the region from the arrival of the first settlers through to the close of the 19th century. Through first-person accounts, including letters and diaries, narratives, and other primary source materials, the collection shares the voices of the time and fosters an enhanced understanding of the experiences of those who took the great challenge in new lands.
Further informationeTV
Provides real-time resources through recorded TV programmes, live streams and on demand videos. First-time users must register: select University of Otago, use University staff or student email address ( only, username/password will be sent to your email. Thereafter, login requires that username/password. Note: use Chrome for all eTV functionality.
Further informationFactiva
Access to a wide range of global and NZ news and business information content from more than 35,000 sources, from 200 countries in 26 languages.
Public accessfindNZarticles
An index of New Zealand periodicals and newspapers administered by the National Library of New Zealand. It combines indexes from a number of New Zealand libraries and scientific organisations. Content includes news, arts and humanities, and science and technology.
Public accessFletcher Index - Index of Māori Names
This index is from an unpublished manuscript compiled about 1925 by the missionary Rev. Henry James Fletcher (1868-1933). It provides a listing of Māori names referred to in books and journals, including the names of boundaries, Māori individuals, canoes, trees, landmarks and geographical locations.
Public accessHakena: Hocken Library Archives and Manuscripts
Descriptions of the unpublished Manuscripts and Pictures from the Hocken Collections' Archives and Manuscripts Collections.
Public accessHawaii Pacific Journal Index
An online citation index to approximately 150 journals published in or about Hawaii and the greater Pacific. Journals covered include both academic and "popular press" publications, and address a wide range of subject areas. Under Databases & Indexes, select ‘Hawaii Pacific Journal Index’ then click Connect.
Further informationMobile appHistorical Abstracts (EBSCOhost)
Historical coverage of the world from the fifteenth century forward (excluding US & Canada). An important bibliography for the study of history and related social sciences and humanities. Includes indexing of articles from more than 2,600 journals.
Further informationInformit Indigenous Collection
This database offers both topical and historical issues within Indigenous studies. It encompasses anthropology, community development, cultural studies, economics, education, health, history, human geography, law and land rights, literature, politics and policy making, (post)colonial studies, psychology, race studies, sociology and visual and performing arts.
Further informationInformit New Zealand Collection
Access to full text New Zealand content relating to arts, business, education, environment and conservation, family studies, sociology, Indigenous and Maori peoples, law and music.
Further informationINZART (Index to New Zealand Art) (New Zealand Index)
An index to articles which provide information on New Zealand artists, art galleries and museums, exhibitions and art events. Details of images and illustrations are also included. INZART indexes from New Zealand and international serials held predominantly in the University of Auckland Fine Arts Library. Art-related articles published in New Zealand newspapers are also selectively indexed.
Public accessMaori Land Court
Includes free database of selected decisions from 1958 on. See also the Māori Land Court Judgments database and the MLC Minute Book Index, 1865-1910, database at the Law or Hocken Libraries. Hocken has copies of the Minute Books.
Public accessMaori Land Information Base
Provides ownership information about Māori land. Produced by Te Puni Kokiri.
Public accessMaori Land Legislation Database
(Works best in Internet Explorer) Free summaries of legislation, 1840-1995, plus commentary etc.(University of Auckland)
Public accessNew Zealand Electronic Text Centre
A collection of significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.
Further informationNew Zealand Geographic
Digital archive from the first issue of the people, places, wildlife and environment of New Zealand.
Further informationNewztext (Knowledge Basket)
An archive of the full text of many of New Zealand's key news and business publications.
Public accessNgā Tipu Whakaoranga - Māori Plant Use
Access to detailed information on Māori traditional uses of New Zealand native plants.
Public accessNiupepa: Maori newspapers
A collection of historic newspapers published primarily for a Māori audience between 1842 and 1932. The newspapers can be searched (full text), browsed (by series) or accessed by date.
Public accessOtago University Research Heritage
Pictures and photographs from university collections. Explore images of pictures and photographs from the Hocken Pictorial Collections and Special Collections.
Public accessPapers Past
Papers Past contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand. Browse by region, title, or date. Some titles are searchable.
Further informationProject MUSE
Provides digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. A source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals with over 120 publishers currently participating.
Further informationProQuest Central
A leading electronic database providing indexing/abstracting and full-text access to scholarly and general interest publications. It combines information from a number of online databases with subjects covering: business, law, education, computing, science, technology, engineering, arts, medicine, and religion.
Further informationProQuest International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
An online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research with a focus on anthropology, economics, politics and sociology. This database includes bibliographic references to journal articles, books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951.
Public accessTaonga (Knowledge Basket)
A full-text collection of rare publications, thesis and bibliography on Maori history and lore.
Public accessTapuhi
Descriptions of the unpublished Manuscripts and Pictures Collections of New Zealand and Pacific material in the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Public accessTe Aka Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index
The online version of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index. It also contains encyclopaedic entries and Māori names for institutions, country names, place names and other proper names.
Public accessTe Ao Hou: The New World
This website lets you search and browse all 76 issues of the magazine Te Ao Hou The New World (which features bilingual content).
Public accessTe Ara - Encyclopedia of New Zealand
A comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society. Hosted by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Public accessTe Hononga Pūkenga - Māori & Indigenous Researcher Directory
Created by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga to make Māori and Indigenous research expertise, location and contact information readily available, in response to the need for stronger engagement between Māori Researchers and Government, the wider public/private sector and to facilitate our communities to access us as Māori & Indigenous researchers.
Public accessTe Kete Ipurangi (TKI) - The Online Learning Centre
A bilingual portal and web community which provides educational material for New Zealand teachers, school managers, and the wider education community.
Public accessTe Papa Collections Online
Contains information on artworks, objects and specimens from Te Papa's collections, from dinosaur teeth to contemporary art, as well as information on people, places, topics, species, and research from the curators.
Public accessTimeframes
Database of over 20,000 heritage images from the Alexander Turnbull Library, at the National Library of New Zealand.
Public accessTransactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Includes: the Auckland Institute, the Wellington Philosophical Society and the Otago Institute.
Public accessWaitangi Tribunal Reports
Free, searchable, access to most reports.