Māori Library Collections

Ngā Kupu Ora at Manawatū Library | Māori Land Court Minute Books | Bagnall Collection at Manawatū Library | Māori Collections at the Auckland and Wellington Libraries

Ngā Kupu Ora at Manawatū Library

Ngā Kupu Ora was created in 2005 in its current location on Level 2 of the Manawatū Library, drawing on Māori material from the New Zealand and Pacific Collection.

Ngā Kupu Ora comprises books, serials, newspapers, videos, audio and pictorial items with significant Māori content. Some items are for use in the Library only and are marked with ‘ Not for loan ' stickers. All other items can normally be borrowed by members of the Library.

Items in the collection have been selected using the following criteria:

  • All resources in the Māori language
  • All bilingual (Māori/English or other language) material
  • All resources with a particular Māori cultural perspective
  • All biographies of Māori people
  • All tribal histories
  • All pre-European New Zealand history
  • All resources relating to the Treaty of Waitangi.
Recommendations for Purchase

Selection of resources for Ngā Kupu Ora is the responsibility of Library staff. However, we welcome recommendations for purchase from staff, students and users of the collection. Please provide us with as much information as possible about the resource you are recommending. Recommendations can be made using our Recommend a Purchase form.

The items in Ngā Kupu Ora are supplemented by electronic resources that are accessible through the Māori Subject Guide.


Māori Land Court Minute Books

The Manawatū and Auckland Libraries have collections of bound Māori Land Court Minute Books. Our collections are not comprehensive and are focused mainly on the Māori Land Court districts close to the Manawatū, Northland and Waikato.

At Manawatū the Minute books are shelved in a separate sequence adjacent to Ngā Kupu Ora. The Māori Land Court Minute Books Index is available online for the period 1865-1910 for current students and staff. It is also available via the MUGuests Wi-Fi for visitors to the campus libraries.

The Minute Books are for use in the Library only and cannot be issued. Limited loans to other campus libraries may be arranged on a case-by-case basis.


Bagnall Collection at Manawatū Library

The Manawatū Library also has a collection of rare and valuable books known as the Bagnall Collection. The late Graham Bagnall was a leading bibliographic scholar and a former National Librarian of New Zealand. The Library purchased his collection in 1986 and has continued to add items of significance to it.

Items may only be used in the Library (some copying restrictions will apply). Bagnall Collection items can be found on Discover, and items can be viewed by inquiring at the Service Point on Level 1 of the Manawatū Library.

The availability of rare books at other libraries in the Massey system is limited. Arrangements can be made to send a Bagnall item to another campus library for use on a ‘Reference only' basis. Please enquire at your local campus library if you require access to this service.


Māori Collections at the Auckland and Wellington Libraries

Māori collections at the Wellington Library use kōwhaiwhai spine labels to identify their Māori material. This material is interfiled in their general Dewey sequences.

The Auckland Library has created its own Ngā Kupu Ora Collection which is adjacent to the Pasifika Collection on the Library's third floor.