Māori research

Tēnā koutou katoa. He mihi whānui atu tēnei na ngā whare mātauranga o whakatū Tēnā koutou.

Māori collections

The library maintains two Māori collections - the Māori Heritage Collection and the Māori non-fiction collection.  These collections play an important role in the Library's commitment to obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.  

Māori Heritage collection

This collection is housed in the Research room and is for library-use only.  The core of the collection is historic books relating to Māori from the Nelson Institute; a full list of items in the collections is available here.
Items are added to the collection if they are of significant heritage or research value, relating to Tangata Whenua or Top of the South Island iwi, are vulnerable or fragile, or are a key resource generally for Māori.

Collection highlights

Māori non-fiction collection

This collection is located at the end of the Non-Fiction shelving. It is primarily a lending collection and gathers together Māori material from across the non-fiction subject areas. 

Collection highlight ;

Online Resources

For other useful websites see our list of online resources.

 What our Library signs mean

The literal translation of signs in Te Reo at the Library

Sign content

In Māori

Literal translation

nelson public libraries

ngā whare mātauranga o whakatū

nelson's houses of knowledge

research room

taiwhanga rangahau

place for research   


pūrere whakaahua

equipment for copying

self service issuing

māu ake e tuku



rārangi rorohiko

computer list

learning centre

pokapū akoako

centre for consultation




service desk                

wāhi ratonga

service place

children's non-fiction   

pukapuka pono

"true" books

children's fiction

korero waitara

stories/ dreams


ngā nūpepa


info stations

teihana pārongo

information station

ask here

pātai mai