Māori & Pacific Collections

Visit our collection of digital resources & newly published: Māori and Pacifica titles, Te Reo Māori, Fäeag Rotuạm , Gana Samoa, Te Taetae ni Kiribati, Te Reo Māori Kūki ’Airani, Lea Faka-Tonga, Te Gana Tuvalu, Vagahau Niue, Pijin, Tok Pisin, Te Gagana Tokelau, and Vosa Vakaviti.

Visit our collection of digital resources & newly published: Māori and Pacifica titles, Te Reo Māori, Fäeag Rotuạm , Gana Samoa, Te Taetae ni Kiribati, Te Reo Māori Kūki ’Airani, Lea Faka-Tonga, Te Gana Tuvalu, Vagahau Niue, Pijin, Tok Pisin, Te Gagana Tokelau, and Vosa Vakaviti.

Kia ora, Welkam, Halo, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Mālō e lelei, Mālō nī, Talofa lava, Tēnā koutou katoa, Noa‘ia, Halo olaketa, Gude.

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

  • Raupatu Document bank
  • Treaty of Waitangi Reports
  • popular works on history, whakapapa and cultural knowledge
  • fiction by Māori and Pacifica authors 
  • children's books in Te Reo Māori  and Pasifika Languages
  • children's games and puzzles
  • Online Waitangi Tribunal Reports

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.

Māori and Pasifika DVD's are free to borrow


Loan periods

Standard loan period is 3 weeks.

  • Books can be renewed twice, unless they've been requested by another borrower
  • Māori Lending Collection- Five book limit
  • Pacific Lending Collection- Five book limit
  • Māori Junior Collection -no limit
  • Pacifica Junior collection -no limit


Ngāti Toa Rangatira Collection

Visit our 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).

Takapuwahia marae

Partnership with Ngāti Toa Rangatira

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


Book of the Month - Pukapuka ō te marama

hine toa

In the 1950s, a young Ngāhuia is fostered by a family who believe in hard work and community. Although close to her kuia, she craves more: she wants higher education and refined living. But whānau dismiss her dreams. To them, she is just a show-off, always getting into trouble, talking back and running away. In this fiery memoir about identity and belonging, Ngāhuia te Awekōtuku describes what was possible for a restless working-class girl from the pā.



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.

Te Whanake is a set of print and digital resources for learning and teaching the Māori language. It also includes Te Aka Māori Dictionary. This website provides access to the full range of free online resources for independent learning and interaction.

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.


Pasifika languages and grammar

Pacific Bibles

This collection of Pasifika linguistics bibles was gifted to the Australian National University in 2014 by the Australian Bible Society. It is a rare collection containing 337 publications and 11 supporting grammar folders.

The bibles range in size and feature many Pasifika languages. There is a growing movement in linguistics to investigate language structures through ‘parallel corpora’ – text collections which are semantically equivalent. Within this research movement, bible texts currently hold pride of place as no other texts of this length offer parallel translations across so many languages.

Visit Pasifika language bibles and supporting grammars.


The Pukapuka Dictionary

Te Puka Muna a Te Ulu o te Watu = A Dictionary of the Language of Pukapuka

The dictionary of the indigenous language of Pukapuka! allows you to navigate the dictionary, using the menu to toggle word and concept translations between the Pukapuka language and English, Rarotongan or the Northern Cook Island languages.

Visit Te Pukamuna | Pukapuka Dictionary


Fäeag Rotuḁm Ta


Gagana Sāmoa

I can write

Online reading resources support second language acquisition.

Gagana Sāmoa eBooks & eAudiobooks


Te Taetae ni Kiribati


Te Reo Māori Kūki ’Airani


Lea Faka-Tonga


Te Gana Tuvalu


Vosa VakaViti

show and tell

Let's Read, Asia foundation resource.

(Select your language from the top right search box.)

Fijian language readers


Vagahau Niue


Te Gagana Tokelau

toku girl

Tokelau Department of Education resources :

Tautai Ake Books

Dual-Language Flipbooks


Papua Niugini Tok Pisin

c change

Let's Read, Asia foundation resource.

(Select your language from the top right search box.)

Tok Pisin language

pusi  na dok

Bloom Library resource.

Tok Pisin books

Tok Pisin emergent reader

Global Digital Library resource.

(Select your preferred language from the top right search box.)

Tok Pisin emergent language readers


Solomon Aelan Pijin

Pijin story

Pijin books for all reading ages.


Contact

If you have any queries about our Māori and Pacific collections, please email 

[email protected] or phone (04) 237 1533.