Finding Māori Information

You may find the following  sources useful when looking for Māori information.

Related: Māori Databases
 New Zealand Databases
 Ngā Kete e Toru

Treaty of Waitangi

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 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.

Bridget Williams Books Treaty eBooks
This Collection is a landmark digital resource from Bridget Williams Books (BWB), an award-winning New Zealand publisher. It is to provide a new and authoritative home for Treaty scholarship online, with more books to be added over time.

Waitangi Tribunal
Website for the Waitangi tribunal set up in 1975 as a perminant commission of inquiry to make recommendations on claims under the treaty of Waitangi.

Waitangi Tribunal Reports
Search for reports issued by the Waitangi Tribunal

Office of Treaty Settlement
The part of the ministry of Justice who negotiate treaty of Waitangi claims.


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 Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Early New Zealand Books
DIgitised versions of early writings about New Zealand.

New Zealand Electronic books collection
Extensive collection of digitised books held by the Victoria University of Wellington Library.

Te Reo / Language

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.

Maori Dictionary
Online version of Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index by John C Moorfield

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.

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.


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.

Māori Maps
Provides a nationwide map of marae, with photos and information about each marae.

An index to information on tribal history, tikanga-ā-iwi and whakapapa held in the heritage and research collections of Auckland City Libraries. It includes information about Māori waka, traditions, waiata, haka, tribal whenua, maunga, marae, carving, weaving, stories and whakapapa. All records have waka, iwi (and sometimes hapu) descriptors, as well as descriptors for rohe and takiwa, allowing searches to be narrowed or broadened as required.


Other resources

Manu Ao Academy
A national inter-university Māori academy for academic and professional advancement.

Statistics New Zealand
Web site brings together statistical information on the Māori population from a range of sources.

Te Karere Ipurangi: Māori News Online
A daily updated portal of news about and for Māori.

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 Maori subject page.