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Māori services

Information about Māori resources, contacts and events in the Library.

Te Aka a Tāwhaki

Nau mai, haere mai!

All University of Otago Libraries have selections of Māori language and cultural resources.

Te Aka a Tāwhaki is a small collection of Māori materials located on the ground floor of the Central Library. This collection houses core Māori resources that are required readings for many courses across the University. These items must be used in the Library; you can search for duplicate borrowable copies held in other libraries on campus via Library Search | Ketu.

The collection was established in collaboration with Te Tumu and acknowledges the holistic dimension of Mātauranga Māori by bringing together in one space a collection of core Māori resources across a range of disciplines.

Te Aka a Tāwhaki pou

Translated literally Te Aka a Tāwhaki means 'The Vine of Tāwhaki'. Tāwhaki is an important Māori ancestor who climbed the vine to the uppermost heavens on a journey to achieve higher knowledge.

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The Hocken Collections on Anzac Avenue have specialist collections of Māori, New Zealand and Pacific material including art, photographs, music, books, journals, maps, newspapers and archives. There is a specialist Māori research and consultation service with classes and tours available to help you with your research. Please contact:

Jacinta Beckwith, Kaitiaki Mātauranga Māori
Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu
Tel (03) 479 8539

Jacinta is also Subject Librarian for Te Tumu, and can provide research consultations for Te Tumu students and staff on search strategies for literature reviews, locating Māori print and electronic resources, publishing and data management.

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Library Kaiāwhina

An extensive network of Kaiāwhina Māori – support staff – work in many Departments across the University including the Library. Library Kaiāwhina are an additional point of contact for Māori students and can assist with general queries, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us:

Contact Library Telephone
Donna Waitere Central Library (03) 479 7557
Bronwyn Clarke Central Library (03) 479 5067
Richard German
Health Sciences Library (03) 479 7403
Katherine Milburn Hocken Library (03) 471 6143
Alexander Ritchie  Robertson Library (03) 479 7827
Lynne Knapp Science Library (03) 470 4772

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Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Whakanuia Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori! Whakanuia Te Rangahau Māori!

Since 2012 the University of Otago Libraries have celebrated Māori Language Week by profiling Māori research at Otago. We are privileged to connect and collaborate with University of Otago researchers to develop displays and events across the libraries that promote Māori collections, Māori research and Māori language.