Māori Services

Māori Services

Moana Munro, Te Kaitiakipukapuka Māori - Māori Resources Librarian, has her desk upstairs in the Māori Section at Hastings Library.

Although she is based in Hastings, Moana also connects with Flaxmere & Havelock North Libraries. 

Moana helps with research, organises programmes, connects with the community and looks after our Māori collections. 

Māori Collections

Each of our three libraries has an Adult Māori Section and also a Junior Māori Section.  In Hastings Library the Adult Māori Section has both reference and lending collections and is located upstairs. 

These collections contain items of cultural, historical, social and language significance for all of Aotearoa.   Emphasis is given to any material of a local nature, particularly Ngāti Kahungunu.


Celebrating the Māori New Year - New Beginnings

Matariki hunga nui - The Pleiades have many people* 

Matariki lights up the dark winter months.

"Matariki is a small but distinctive star cluster whose appearance in the north eastern pre-dawn sky in late May, early June marks the start of a new phase of life...

In ancient times Matariki arrived at the end of the harvest and was therefore a time of plenty for our ancestors. The kumara and other root foods had been gathered. The migration of fish...also made Matariki a time of bountiful catches... Matariki was a time to share and present offerings to others.

Matariki can be translated in two ways – Mata Riki (Tiny eyes) and Mata Ariki (Eyes of God). Either way the eyes are thought to watch over the land and its people." 
- from the Māori Language Commission website: www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/english/matariki_e/index.shtml  

Maori Land Court Minute Book Index Database

Library Access

Public Access

Library card number required

The Māori Land Court Minute Book Index database provides easy and quick access to over 1100 minute books between 1865 and 1910. Covers the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Maori Land Court Districts.

Available in our libraries only (no charge).

Māori Subject Headings

Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku has been developed as part of the Māori Subject Headings Project jointly sponsored by LIANZA, Te Rōpū Whakahau and the National Library of New Zealand and can be found at:


This provides a structured path to subjects to assist researchers find material in libraries. It is not intended to be used as a dictionary.

It has been developed so that cataloguers and descriptive archivists have a reliable and comprehensive resource to use when describing material either in or about Māori. It will be used by the National Library of New Zealand to enhance its service to Māori library users. However it should not be seen as authoritative beyond its intended purpose for use in libraries and archives.

The Iwi Hapū names list is located separately at http://iwihapu.natlib.govt.nz/iwi-hapu

The Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi Resources

On Our Shelves

We have a wide selection of books on various aspects of the Treaty.  Treaty of Waitangi Reports are available in the Māori Section at Hastings Library.

Internet Links

There are many online resources and these can be accessed in our libraries (for no charge) as well as at home.

New Zealand History Online 


Waitangi Day & the Treaty

Waitangi Day

"Every year on 6 February, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.  In that year, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Māori chiefs signed what is New Zealand's founding document."  Read more...

The Treaty of Waitangi came to Hawke's Bay

A copy of the Treaty was signed in Hawke's Bay on 24 June 1840. Major Bunbury anchored off the Tukituki River mouth in the HMS Herald and sought the signature of Te Hapuku in particular.  The Herald-Bunbury Treaty copy includes Te Hapuku, Waikato and Mahikai (Kahungunu) as signatories.

Image: An artist's rendition of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.


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