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Getting started with Māori research

Indigenous literature is a fast-growing body of work. It is often advisable to go beyond one Indigenous group to find relevant material.

Here are some suggestions

  • Māori and Pasifika peoples may be associated in local research;
    • Māori, Pacific, Pasifika, Polynesian, Indigenous, Aboriginal, Native.
  • Others may be particular groups or individual tribes;
    • First Peoples, First Nations, Khoe-San, Fijian, Iroquois, Sami, Saami and Ngāti Whātua.
  • Or key authors such as,
    • Linda Smith, Leonie Pihama and Bagele Chilisa.

To find Māori terms to use, try: 


  • Aboriginal may refer to Indigenous peoples in Australia, Canada or elsewhere.
  • Native may discover some material relating to people born in but not necessarily Indigenous to a place.
  • Macrons may disrupt the search function in some databases.
  • Older sources may refer to Indigenous peoples as Native, Aborigine, or Indian. When searching older texts, such as Papers Past, these terms may present better research outcomes.

A good starting point for your research is the Library Catalogue where you can search databases, journals, books, images, media and more. 

You may also want to explore the collections in Manuscripts and Archives

How do I use the Library Catalogue?

The Waipapa Taumata Rau Library Catalogue has comprehensive search features and filters to help you tailor your search and get the best results. To get the most out of these features and learn how to navigate the Catalogue check out these step-by-step instructions:

For further support for using the Catalogue: 

Where do I start with my research?

Libraries and Learning Services has lots resources to help you find the information you need: 

What types of information can be found in the Catalogue?

You can find a wide range of sources of information in the Catalogue including: 

  • Databases
  • Journal articles
  • Books and e-books
  • Standards
  • Patents
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Newspaper and media articles

How do I know the sources I am using reliable?

Evaluation strategies can help gauge whether information is valuable and reliable. 

Have any questions?

If you have questions about library services, you can: 

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He Korowai Mātauranga

He Korowai Mātauranga brings together a collection of resources that researchers and research support teams can use to build knowledge in the area of Vision Mātauranga at Waipapa Taumata Rau.

Te Fale Pouāwhina

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Te Fale Pouāwhina (TFP) provide academic learning support for all Māori and Pacific students. Feel free to contact us for a kōrero/talanoa about your academic learning needs. You can find us at Kate Edger Information Commons Level 1 room 131.

What if the item isn't held by the Library?

If an item you need is not available through our library, you can make an Interlibrary loan request.

How do I get a book from another University of Auckland location?

You can request books and collect them from any of our libraries, and request to have book chapters or journal articles emailed to you. You can also request books that are already on loan.

What if the item I need is missing from the shelves?

If you are unable to locate an item on library shelves, please ask library staff for assistance.