Tāhuhu Kōrero – History websites

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Tāhuhu kōrero - History

Māori Land Court Minute Books Index (MLCMBI)
Easy and quick access to and index of over 1100 minute books between 1865 and 1910, from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Māori Land Court Districts. Index only. For more information see

Māori Land Court Minute Books
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.

Ko ngā Kōrero Nehe me ngā Whakapapa @ Te Puna Web Directory
Tūhonotaka ki kā rōpū whakariterite me kā kōrero whakatau o Aotearoa.

Christchurch Heritage routes Christchurch
The Christchurch City Council Heritage Team has written brochures to guide you on historic walking tours - within easy walking distances - and on longer historic trails, which require the use of public transport.

Frontier of Chaos? Maori-European Contact before 1840
From the University of Hawaii at Manoa who have selectively indexed over 50 titles. Titles indexed include: Archaeology in New Zealand, The Journal of the Polynesian Society, and New Zealand Journal of History.
Case studies of relations between Maori and European and a discussion of those who crossed between the two cultures. nzhistory.net.nz

Journal of the Polynesian Society 1892 - 1953
The early issues of the Journal contain a rich repository of indigenous texts and traditions contributed by Pacific peoples, as well as by missionaries and other sojourners, often published in local languages with English translations. Digitised as a collaboration between the University of Auckland Library and the Polynesian Society.

The Māori - Volume one
By Elsdon Best. This sketch of pre-European Māori life by the early NZ anthropologist is based on the author's research notebooks dating back to the 1870s. Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.

Māori .com from Hawaiki to Hawaiki
Site includes a brief outline of Māori history both before and after the coming of the European to Aotearoa with notes on Māori culture, a poem and personal view of the essence and magic of being Māori, aspects of history, culture, mythology and legend. The journey from Hawaiki to Hawaiki, an introduction to Māori genealogy and some examples of tribal whakapapa from the tribes of the Kurahaupo and Takitimu waka (canoes), Māori Development. It also features material on the teachings of Nepia Pohuhu, a tohunga (scholar / priest).

The Māori as he was
A Brief Account of Māori Life as it was in Pre-European Days, by Elsdon Best, 1924

Māori Heritage Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho no Ngā Tupuna
From the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

Maori Religion and Mythology
by Edward Shortland, 1882.

The New Zealand Wars
Ngā Pakanga Whenua O Mua. Covers on the causes, campaigns and outcomes of the New Zealand wars fought in the 19th century. By Dr Danny Keenan, History Department, Massey University

New Zealand Wars collection
Produced by the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, the texts in this collection include analyses and observations on the New Zealand Wars, and feature diary extracts and letters between some of the major figures

New Zealand's 19th century wars
An introduction to the Musket Wars and New Zealand Wars. From nzhistory.net

Old New Zealand : being incidents of native customs and character in the old times
by FE Manning, 1863. Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Polynesian Mythology
by Sir George Grey, 1854

Polynesian Voyagers. The Māori as a Deep-sea Navigator, Explorer, and Colonizer
By Elsdon Best. Dominion Museum, 1923.

Tī Kōuka Whenua
Local Māori history of Christchurch and surrounding area.

Waikato University Māori Bibliography
A subject index to information on Māori topics appearing in books, conference proceedings and selected periodicals. The index includes references to Māori information that can not quickly be found because the title of the work does not indicate Māori content, or the subject headings used are not detailed enough. This is a really useful research tool for many Māori topics. Made available via Find NZ articles databases at the National Library.

Haki - Flags

Flag of Te Kooti
from Flags Of The World

Flag of the United Tribes (1835-1840)

Māori Flags
from Flags Of The World

Tino Rangatiratanga flag
from Flags Of The World

Traditonal Māori Flags
from Flags Of The World

Pakanga - World Wars

28 (Maori) Battalion By J F Cody. War History Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs, 1956. A volume of the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45.
Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.

28th Māori Battalion Association
Official site of the 28 Māori Battalion Association

Arohatia te Reo: learning 50 kupu hou (new Māori words) - Te Reo and WWI research
Puawai Cairns of Te Papa shares kupu Māori (Māori words) she uses in her everyday mahi/work as a curator at Te Papa, and especially in First World War research.

Fighting for equality: The Maori War Effort Organisation 1942-1945
The Maori War Effort Organisation was formed during the Second World War to assist with recruitment for the forces and war-related service.
From nzhistory.net

Forgotten grandfathers - Maori men of WW1
Puawai Cairns from Te Papa speaks at a TEDx event. Forgotten grandfathers: Newly discovered stories from the Maori men of World War I.

Kia Mau
The Kia Mau resource was originally designed for senior Māori-medium teachers. It focuses on two waiata and two haka that have an association with the Māori Battalion. On this site, you can now access the teachers' notes in English and the DVD clips with English subtitles.

Māori Pioneer Battalion
Photographs of soldiers of the New Zealand Māori Pioneer Battalion, from Auckland City Libraries' Heritage Images Collection.

Pūrākau - Legends

Māori Myths and Legends
View stories based on Māori oral traditions, stories which have been handed down through the generations as well as contemporary stories.

Polynesian mythology and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race
By Sir George Grey. Digitised by New Zealand Electronic Text Centre.

Some aspects of Māori myth and religion
By Elsdon Best. Dominion Museum, 1922

South Island Māori myths and Legends
The books in this list contain information about many South Island Maori myths and legends.

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