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Māori Research

The library maintains two Māori collections - the Māori Heritage Collection and the Māori non-fiction collection

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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.

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.

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Online Resources

For other useful websites see our list of online resources.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Nelson Public Libraries holds, or provides access to, a range of resources about the Treaty of Waitangi/ Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

In the Library

Online resources

  • Te Tau Ihu Statutory Acknowledgements, 2014 [PDF]
    (2.3MB PDF)
    An attachment to the Nelson Regional Policy Statement, Nelson Air Quality Plan and the Nelson Resource Management Plan, as an outcome of the 2014 Settlement process. A statutory acknowledgment recognises the particular cultural, spiritual, historical and traditional association of an iwi with an identified site/area. The eight iwi of Te Tau Ihu to which these statutory acknowledgements relate are:
    Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō
    Ngāti Kuia
    Rangitāne o Wairau
    Ngāti Koata
    Ngāti Rārua
    Ngāti Tama ki Te Tau Ihu
    Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui
    Ngāti Toa Rangatira
  • He Tohu - the National Library houses the Treaty of Waitangi. This site tells its story.
  • Waitangi Tribunal – includes reports and background documents
  • Tangata whenua tribes of Te tauihu – on the Prow website
  • Treaty of Waitangi resources from New Zealand History Online. Includes facsimiles of the original document:
  • Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Transcripts and fascimile copies of all the regional and language editions of the Treaty, from Archives New Zealand:.
  • Pātaka Whenua - Māori Land Court New Zealand's oldest specialised court dealing with access, disputes, occupying, and history of whenua.
  • Māori Maps - helps connect people with Maori descend to their marae and ancestry.
  • Legal Māori Archive - assists with the use of Māori language in legal contexts.
  • Kā Huru Manu, The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, - dedicated to mapping the traditional place names and associated stories within the Ngāi Tahu rohe (tribal area).

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