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.
  • 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.

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Pakanga - World Wars

Pūrākau - Legends

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