Māori & Pacific Collections

Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa. Come and explore our vibrant cultures of Te Moana-nui-a Kiwa.

Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa. Come and explore our vibrant cultures of Te Moana-nui-a Kiwa.

From pēpē to kaumatua, whanau history enthusiast to studious researcher, practitioners of traditional arts, language and waiata, we've got you covered.

Our collection includes

  • newly published Māori and Pacifica titles
  • Te Reo Māori, Tokelauan, Tongan, Samoan, Cook Islands Māori, Niuean and Fijian language materials
  • popular works on history, whakapapa and cultural knowledge
  • fiction by Māori and Pacifica authors 
  • journals of the Polynesian Society
  • Raupatu Document bank
  • Treaty of Waitangi Reports
  • children's books in Te Reo Māori  and Pacifica languages
  • children's games and puzzles

Our well-resourced Reference Collections are here to support study and research in the library.  Our comprehensive Lending Collections are available for you to enjoy at home

Contemporary Māori and Pacifica music CDs can be found in the general CD Collection.

Book of the Month - Pukapukapu ō te marama

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Te Kai a te Rangatira represents the collective effort of over thirty rangatahi who interviewed more than one hundred Māori spanning the length and breadth of Aotearoa. Inspiring, informative, challenging, humorous and engaging - it explores the origins and values of Māori leadership, as well as the life experiences that nurture rangatiratanga across different rohe, iwi and hapū. This landmark book honours the words of kaikōrero in both te reo Māori and English, and is accompanied by superb portrait photography. It enriches our understanding of what leadership means, and offers wisdom for the generations to come.


Ngāti Toa Rangatira Collection

Come into the City Center Library and discover our resources about the tangata whenua of Porirua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

Download the 👉Ngāti Toa resources sheet (543 KB PDF).

👉Partnership with Ngāti Toa Rangatira

We partner together to honour our commitment to mana whenua and the Treaty of Waitangi.


Pacific languages and grammar

The Australian National University Library has recently completed digitisation of an extensive collection of Pacific Languages.

Visit the 👉Pacific language bibles and supporting grammars.


Lending policy

To ensure we have enough resources on those in demand topics for us all to share, borrowing from both Māori Lending and Pacifica Lending, are limited to a total of 5 books, from each of these collections, at any one time 

There is no limit on borrowing from our Māori Junior Collection or our Pacifica Junior collection.


Contact

If you have any queries about our Māori and Pacific collections, please email 👉porirualibrary@poriruacity.govt.nz or phone (04) 237 1533.