Ngā Kete e Toru

Ngā Kete e Toru is a specialised collection and study space designed to improve access to Māori resources and taoka and to support and develop the understanding of tikaka by all students and staff at Lincoln.

Haere mai, nau mai, tauti mai. 

Ngā Kete e Toru refers to the traditional three kete or baskets of knowledge brought to earth by Tane.

  • Kete-aronui which held all the knowledge that could help mankind.
  • Kete–tuauri which held the knowledge of ritual, prayer and memory.
  • Kete–tuatea which contained knowledge of evil, which was harmful to mankind.

The kete includes books, serials, government reports and multimedia resources with significant Māori content. Highlights include: Contemporary Māori magazines and journals; Waitangi Tribunal reports; Māori newspapers on microfiche. Strengths of the collection are in: Māori planning and development; natural resources and environmental management; tourism and recreation; and science/bioprotection. The kete has works in te reo Māori and English.

Read more about Ngā Kete e Toru collection and taonga. 


Significant artworks by Māori artists.

The area contains a number of significant art works by Māori artists, including Te Waihora, a mixed media mural presented to Te Whare Wānaka o Aoraki by Te Taumutu Rūnanga in recognition of the 2008 Memorandum of Understanding between them. It also commemorates the work of the late Catherine Brown from Taumutu who put much effort into strengthening the ties between the University and its local marae as well as the wider Kāi Tahu community, of which she was a respected leader.  

Elizabeth Brown
Te Waihora  2008
Acrylic, fibre, shell, wood on board
1990 x 2985mm

Ngāti Moki Trophy

The Ngāti Moki trophy is kept in Ngā Kete e Toru.

The carving is titled Patu (carved wood patu on stand) and was carved by a carver of Ngā Puhi descent who wishes to remain anonymous. He started carving in 1997 using a Stanley knife and custom wood. His main goal was to carve in wood, in traditional style and in the style of his ancestors. His carving apprenticeship was done in jail, assisted by books on traditional Māori carving and discussions with elders and other people who as he says “helped keep him on track”. He describes his work as contemporary but revolving around traditional carving styles and techniques. The piece is multi media in wood, harakeke (flax) and paua.

It was gifted to the University by Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki Ki Taumutu (through Te Taumutu Rūnanga) and is named after their eponymous ancestor Moki. Ngāti Moki marae at Taumutu is named after Moki and the marae is also built on the site known as Te Pā o Moki. 

The Ngāti Moki Trophy for Māori Leadership is awarded to a person who has shown considerable Māori leadership at Lincoln University and commitment to Māori development either as a student, graduate, staff member or associate of the University. Visit the Alumni Linc website to make a nomination.

The Ngāti Moki Trophy was first presented in 2008 to Ivy Harper. Ivy is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Tainui and Ngā Puhi descent and was a student representative on the Lincoln University Council. She is also a past staff member of the Centre for Māori and Indigenous Planning and Development at the University. 

Living Heritage | Tikaka Tuku Iho holds more information about the Ngāti Moki Trophy including photos of previous awards ceremonies.


Lloyd Carpenter



Rhanae Ngawaka



Ekara Lewis



Tom Lambie



Tamika Green



Hariata (Sally) McKean



Neil Challenger



Adriana de Groot



Caitriona Cameron



Award not made



Huia Ann Pacey



Ivy Joan Harper



Online content

We also host:

  • the Mahika Kai Journal covering national and international indigenous scholarly and practical perspectives of mahika kai that includes indigenous food, land and environmental practices, paradigms, principles and innovation.
  • the Mātauraka Māori collection on Research@Lincoln which pulls together research produced by Lincoln University staff and students with a mātauraka Māori focus.


External websites

28th Māori Battalion  This site is dedicated to the men who served with New Zealand’s 28th (Māori) Battalion during the Second World War, and to their whānau and friends.
Te Tauri Whiri i te Reo Māori Māori Language Commission site for beginners to advanced speakers of the Māori language. Includes interactive guides, resources, and cultural information.
Manu Ao Academy A national inter-university Māori academy for academic and professional advancement.
Māori legal terms Corpus, dictionary, lexicon and archive. The aim of this project (based at the Law Faculty of Victoria University in Wellington) is to provide a resource to speakers of te reo Māori that will assist such speakers to use Māori vocabulary to describe Western legal concepts.

Ngā Tipu Whakaoranga – Maori Plant Use

Ngāi Tahu Ngāi Tahu are the Māori people of the southern islands of New Zealand – Te Waipounamu – the Greenstone Isle. This iwi hold the rangatiratanga or tribal authority to over 80 per cent of the South Island.
Statistics New Zealand Web site brings together statistical information on the Māori population from a range of sources.

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Kaharoa: The e-journal on Indigenous Pacific issues Journal focuses on the language, culture, art, history, anthropology, development studies, and other disciplines associated with the indigenous peoples of the Pacific.
Te Kooti Whenua Maori – Māori Land Court Website The Māori Land Court has jurisdiction to hear matters relating to Māori land including successions, title improvements, Māori land sales, and the administration of Māori land trusts and Incorporations. It also has jurisdiction to hear cases under the Māori Fisheries Act 2004, the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004 and a number of other statutes. Also home of Māori Land Online database.
Te Karere Ipurangi: Māori News Online A daily updated portal of news about and for Māori.
Te Tumu Paeroa – The new Māori Trustee An organisation which works with owners of Maori land to protect and build their assets for now, and for future generations.
Te Puni Kōkiri (Ministry of Māori Development) Includes Kōkiri magazine and Kōkiritia email and online newsletter which share news, events, issues, achievements and aspirations for Māori development.
Te Ao Māori Christchurch City Libraries Māori subject page.
Māori Maps Provides a nationwide map of marae, with photos and information about each marae.

We also recommend that you check our list of databases specialising in Māori and our finding Māori resources page. Recommendations for purchase are welcomed.