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Te Ao Māori

Te Ao Māori

Explore the world of Māori language, culture, history and more.

E tipu e rea mō ngā rā o tō ao
Ko to ringaringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā
Hei oranga mō tō tinana
Ko tō ngākau ki ngā tāonga a ō tipuna Māori
Hei tikitiki mō tō māhuna
Ko tō wairua ki tō atua
Nānā nei ngā mea katoa
(Tā Apirana Ngata)

Tēnā koutou katoa. E ngā mana, e ngā waka, e ngā hau e whā e te iwi whānui tēnā koutou. He mihi whānui atu tēnei na Ngā Kete Wananga o Ōtautahi tēnā koutou. Nau mai, haere mai ki tēnei wāhi, he ara ki ngā rauemi me ngā ratonga Māori. Tēnā tātou katoa.

Ilustration of fauna and flora and the sun, netted by Māui emerging from a book

Popular resources

Popular resources

Te Ao Māori for tamariki

Māori resources for tamariki. Get crafty, read and learn te reo Māori, and explore.

Te reo Māori - Māori language

Recommended Māori language information and resources. We celebrated Te wiki o te reo Māori 14-20 Mahuru/September 2020.

In the catalogue

Matariki - Māori New Year

Learn about the stars of Matariki, the traditions surrounding this time of year, and how you can celebrate.

Matariki resources and information

Matariki for Tamariki

Find out all about the traditions of Māori New Year on our Matariki for Kids page.

Matariki websites

A hand-picked list of websites with information and resources about Matariki and Māori astronomy.

Matariki 2020: Crafts, stories, and more

This year, to help everyone prepare for their Matariki celebrations we've created digital storytimes, make sheets, and craft resources.

Books and reading

In the catalogue

Award winners

Pikihuia Award winners

The winners of the biennial Pikihuia awards for Māori writers of fiction in English or te reo Māori have been announced.

Te Kura Pounamu Award for Te Reo Māori

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults award for books in te reo Māori. Winners and shortlisted titles.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2020

Read the winning titles - the best in fiction, non-fiction, illustrated non-fiction, and poetry.

Tāhuhu Kōrero - History

Our Tāhuhu Kōrero - History section has information on Māori local history, Treaty of Waitangi, Māori place names, and historical events like Parihaka.

Whakapapa - Genealogy

Resources and advice on researching Māori family history at library. You can also book a librarian for one-on-one research help.

Whakapapa website resources

Whakapapa - Genealogy websites

Links to online resources and websites about Whakapapa.

Whakapapa guide

A guide to using library resources in researching whakapapa, (Māori family history).

Iwi - Tribal websites

Links to online resources and websites about Iwi (tribes).

Te ao tūturu - The natural world

Featured resources, Te ao tūturu - the natural world

Harakeke

This page explores the history and tikanga of harakeke (New Zealand flax), and how it is harvested and woven.

Tī Kōuka – The Cabbage Tree

The cabbage tree was a significant food source for early Māori and provided a fibre resource prized for its strength.

Te rongoā Māori

Rongoā is the word for remedies that are created from natural plants and trees. Find resources about te Rongoā Māori.

Traditional Māori kai

The Māori word for food is kai. Find out about traditional Māori food sources and food preservation practices.

At the library

Te ao Māori at the library

Bilingual signage at Christchurch City Libraries

A list of all te reo Māori signage terms in use throughout our libraries.

Māori library names

All of our libraries have te reo Māori names. The history and stories behind these names, and audio to help with pronunciation.

Waruwarutū / Ngā Pounamu Māori collection

About the community space which holds the Ngā Pounamu Māori collection, a collection with special emphasis on Te Ao Māori at Tūranga.

Te ao Māori: Flickr album

Photos of library events, performances, resources and displays focused on te ao Māori, the Māori world.

Bicultural plans

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Issue books in te reo Māori

All our libraries have self checkout machines with a te reo Māori option.

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