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.

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).

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👉Partnership with Ngāti Toa Rangatira

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

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.

Free Te Reo learning apps:

Looking for good free Te Reo online resources?

There is a lot of material out there, and it is easy to get overwhelmed. These resources actively teach and connect Te Reo with everyday life.

👉Kōrerorero: Created by Auckland University of Technology. Users work their way through Kōrerorero’s eight lessons, each based around a different activity one would find in a typical day. Each lesson contains up to 10 parts with a series of interactive exercises. It focuses on spoken reo rather than written language.

👉Kupu: A Spark-sponsored app that uses the camera in your phone to instantly translate objects into te reo Māori.

👉He aha tēnei? a drag-and-drop game where matching of letters & pictures teaches pronunciation of every day words. Aimed at children, but enjoyable for all.

Te Reo learning podcasts and videos

👉Taringa: Learn Te Reo and tikanga Māori in a relaxed way with weekly episodes discussing either kupu (words), iwi (tribes), stories or tikanga (customs and protocols). From Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

👉Tōku Reo: A Māori language learning course for absolute beginners. Designed by Professor John Moorfield, and structured as a series of short videos which build on the previous lesson.

👉Māori TV language learning: Te reo Māori learning programming broadcast by Māori Television, and available on demand, online.

👉Up to speed with Te Reo Māori: a podcast series explaining Māori language phrases and words often heard in media, public addresses and everyday conversation in Aotearoa. Delivered by Stacey Morrison.

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.


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