Ngā Kete e Toru

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We also recommend that you check our list of databases specializing in Māori content and our finding New Zealand statistics pages.

Nga Kete

Mural seen in the Ngā Kete e Toru area

Ngā Kete e Toru is a specialised collection and study space within Library, Teaching and Learning designed to improve access to Māori resources and taonga for Māori students and to support and develop the understanding of tikanga by all students and staff at Lincoln.

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 collection includes books, serials, government reports and multimedia resources with significant Māori content. Collection 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. Both English and Te Reo language materials are included.

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 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 Ngāi Tahu community, of which she was a respected leader.

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

Related links:
Read more about Ngā Kete e Toru collection and taonga (PDF)

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Web sites

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 Maori subject page.

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