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Māori Language: Home

A selection of excellent Māori Language resources to help you with your studies

About whakatau and pōwhiri - Māori welcomes

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Information and Research Skills

For help on how to find, evaluate and present information we recommend the Information skills subject guide This guide will ensure an easier pathway to academic success!  We also have a Research subject guide  for those of you taking your studies to the next level.   

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Welcome to the Māori Language Subject Guide.  A selection of resources have been hand selected for you to use to aid you with your studies.  If you have any questions at all please contact the library.

Kia Kaha te Reo Maori

'Kia ora te reo Māori'

Māori Language Week is 11-18 September 2023. 

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Browse the Māori Collection

The following numbers cover the books, CDs and DVDs for this area and are located on level one. Look for the kōwhaiwhai label on the spine of the resource.

Subject Location Subject Heading
DU 411 Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi history
DU 422.8    Kōrero taumata  - Māori biography
DU 423    Tikanga and mātauranga Māori - Māori culture and knowledge
DU 423.M42    Wharenui - Meeting houses
DU 423.S63    Kawa - Protocols including pōwhiri etc
DU 424    Iwi - Tribes
GR 375    Pūrākau - Myths and legends
KUQ  Kerēme (Tiriti o Waitangi) - Treaty of Waitangi claims
M 1842 Waiata - Songs
N 7406 Mahi toi - Art
NK 9793 Whakairo - Carving
PL Mātauranga wetereo - Māori dictionaries and grammar
PN 6519.M35    Whakatauki - Proverbs
PR Tuhinga kōrero - Literature including poetry, short stories, etc
TT 848-880    Raranga - Weaving

Ngā Taonga Māori o Ara - Māori Art Tour at Ara

Self-guided Māori art tour -  Ngā Taonga Māori o Ara – this app takes you on a tour of the pouwhenua (carved wooden posts) and taonga (artistic treasures) located around the Ara City campus. Developed by ākonga and kaimahi from the Department of Creative Arts & Digital Information, Te Puna Wānaka, and other areas, it reveals the rich histories and meanings of our on-campus treasures.  Scan the relevant QR code for your device below or search for "Nga Taonga Māori o Ara" on your device's app store.


Introduction to Te Ao Māori - The Māori world

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