Ngā Rangahau

Research on Māori Writing

Academy of New Zealand Literature

Members of the ANZL are invited mid-career writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Fellows of the ANZL are senior writers ‘with an important body of work and distinguished career.’ The site includes biographies and bibliographies, as well as ‘appreciations’ of each Fellow.


Hinemoana BakerAlan DuffJames GeorgePatricia GraceWiti IhimaeraTina MakeretiKelly Ana MoreyPaula MorrisAlice TawhaiApirana TaylorRenee TaylorBriar Wood

Bibliography: Tribal and Regional Histories

Extracted from a published bibliography by Ross Himona, He Waka Eke Noa: Maori information resources, Quest Rapu Ara, Wellington, 1991. It is arranged by tribal area, from the North to the South.

Extracted from a published bibliography by Ross Himona, He Waka Eke Noa: Maori information resources”‘ Quest Rapu Ara, Wellington, 1991. It is arranged by tribal area, from the North to the South.

He whata puka—All reo Māori books

Kei raro nei ngā pukapuka kua tāngia ki te reo Māori mai i te taunga mai o tauiwi ki Aotearoa tae noa ki tēnei wā, me ētahi pukapuka mō te reo Māori anō hoki.

A bibliography of ‘books published in te reo Māori from European settlement to the present day’ is an ongoing project of the Kotahi Rau Pukapuka Trust, with twenty categories of books and searches available by reading level.



Read NZ Writer Files

‘The most comprehensive online collection of information about Aotearoa New Zealand’s writers’ includes a number of Māori authors.


Ron BaconHinemoana BakerMarlene J BennettsGavin BishopBub BridgerBen Brown


Kōmako: a bibliography of Māori writing in English

Compiled by Bridget Underhill with the support of Te Hā, the Māori writers committee of Toi Māori Aotearoa, ‘this bibliography is part of a movement to reclaim the Māori literary tradition, which has a well-documented history of being marginalised by academics, literary editors, commentators, and publishers.’ 




Published Māori writers who wish to be included should email


Ngā Ara Tipuna - Ngāti Kahungunu - Tamatea Hapū

Ngā Ara Tipuna is a project initiated by mana whenua – the tribes with authority over the Waipukurau-Takapau area – to share their stories of this land and its significance. Over years of colonisation, much traditional knowledge has been endangered or lost. Through Ngā Ara Tipuna, mana whenua are recovering that knowledge and celebrating it, to inspire current and future generations.
“This project is a 21st century history. It presents traditional stories as mana whenua know them, from many oral and written sources. Multiple platforms are used to make this knowledge available to the current generation: walking and driving tours, digital media, carving, illustration and sculptural features. There’s more to come. Keep an eye on this website for the latest updates.”




Muaūpoko Evidence and Tribal History Report

Muaūpoko are the descendants of Tara, the eponymous ancestor of the Ngai Tara tribe. He was a great great grandson of Kupe of the Matahourua waka and a son of Whatonga of the Kurahaupo Waka. He and their descendants discovered, explored and named places throughout Aotearoa, and these remain on the land, coast and sea today, most notably Te Whanganui ā-Tara (Wellington).


Ngā Puhi "Ko Kupe te hautipua"

“The epic story of Ngāpuhi unfolds down the generations, beginning in a distant time and place, with an incident that is both ordinary and extraordinary…”





Ngāi (Kai) Tahu - Kareao - Archives

The Ngāi Tahu Archive Team manages the Ngāi Tahu Archive which comprises the collections of the Ngaitahu Maori Trust Board, the records of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, and the personal papers of selected individuals. Through digitization, the Archive is also increasingly becoming a repository for archives of tribal significance repatriated from external institutions. The Ngāi Tahu Archive Team is working towards the development of a fully integrated Ngāi Tahu search engine connecting internal and external repositories of Ngāi Tahu knowledge. The team also provides support to Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga and whānau for the care of their own collections.


Ngāi (Kai) Tahu Cultural Mapping Project - Kā Huru Manu

The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project—Kā Huru Manu—uses the latest Geographical Information System (GIS) technology to record and map Ngāi Tahu stories and place names onto a virtual landscape for future generations. The online, digital Ngāi Tahu Atlas——includes over 1,000 traditional Māori place names that have been fully referenced from whānau manuscripts, published books, 19th century maps, newspaper articles, and a vast array of unpublished material.





Ngāi (Kai) Tahu publication: Te Karaka

Featuring Māori voice, essays, stories and more…


Ngāi Takoto - Oral history booklet

“Ko Wai Au” was written by Drew Sloane, a direct descendant of Ngāi Takoto Iwi, Granddaughter of the late Lancelot (Jeb) Brown. This book was written with the intentions to learn more about her own history from key people in Ngāi Takoto.


Ngāpuhi Speaks

Four hundred page independent panel report on the Ngāpuhi Stage I Claim, commissioned by Kuia and Kaumātua of Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu.


Ngāti Awa - Kaumātua interviews available by booking

“Our kaumatua hold a wealth of information, weaved into their life stories are examples of our Māori language, tikanga they witnessed and places of significance they tread. Maanu Paul, Tārihi Doris Himone, Te Arai Hana Tutua, Nuki Maxwell, Ngamihi Crapp, Himi Takotohiwi, Aporina Chapman and Whaiora Puutu share their stories. Their interviews can be viewed and by booking an appointment with our Research & Archives branch 0800 464 284”


Index New Zealand 

National Library of New Zealand – Index New Zealand – major searchable resource on publications with key words Te Reo, Māori, Literature, Short Story, Poetry etc…

Iwidex: Kura Heritage site held by Auckland Libraries

Iwidex is an index of information on Māori tribal history, tikanga ā-iwi and whakapapa drawn from a wide range of published and unpublished material including newspapers, serials, monographs and manuscripts.

Takoa: Māori Resources

Since 1989, Tuhi Tuhi Communications has been researching and creating new resources.

“When we published Takoa in 1993 we started developing and adding new resources each year. We also developed partnerships with other organisations like Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa Te Rōpū Whakahau and The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa, who shared with us their resources to be included in Takoa.”

Te Ara: nonfiction

The Encyclopedia of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Māori non-fiction and scholarship Ngā Tuhinga me te rangahau.

Te Ara: fiction

The Encyclopedia of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Māori fiction writing.

Zeroland: Arts and Culture websites

A list of Māori references in various arts and culture websites.