Woman studying at tableWe maintain a lending collection of over 1,000 titles on Maaori topics. The Heritage collection (non-lending) has a further 4,700+ titles on topics relating to Maaori. Many of these are very old, some going back to the 19th century. These include books by Elsdon Best, Sir George Grey, John White as well as more recent works by Ranginui Walker, Claudia Orange and James Belich. Along with the NZ Collection at the University of Waikato, it is probably the most significant collection of documentary Maaori history in the region.

Our books on Maaori topics in both the Lending and Heritage collections have distinctive labels for ease of identification. We use Maaori subject headings on our catalogue, making it easier to identify topics and books.

Highlights in the Maaori collection