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Information about Māori resources, contacts and events in the University of Otago Dunedin Libraries.

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.


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.

Library Kaiāwhina

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:

ContactDivisional areaEmail
Megan VaughanTe Tumu and
Lynne KnappHealth

Learn more about the Library Kaiāwhina

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.

Puaka Matariki

Ngā Upoko Tukutuku | Māori Subject Headings

Use this guide to learn about  Ngā Upoko Tukutuku  |  Māori Subject Headings  and how to use them in Library Search | Ketu. Launched in 2006,  Ngā Upoko Tukutuku was the first indigenous thesaurus in the world. Since then it has continued to grow to include more than 2000 terms.

LibGuides: Ngā Upoko Tukutuku: Kāinga: Home

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