Te Ao Māori and engagement with Māori

Selected resources for working within the Māori worldview and including it in your rangahau/research approach.

Getting started

Iwi maps

Most iwi have websites that are easily accessible and contain thorough information about who they are and their strategic direction and vision. You can find the mana whenua in a particular rohe/area of the country via the Te Puna Kōkiri | Ministry of Māori Development website.

Te Whaihanga

An Ako Aotearoa project aimed at preparing students – specifically in the fields of planning, architecture, engineering and landscaping – to work with Māori professionals, iwi representatives and community and papakāinga developers. Visit their website.

Videos produced in conjunction with the project:

Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi

The following are online resources aimed at helping us understand the cultural significance and context of the treaty signed in 1840.

Recommended reading

Durie, M. (1998) Te Mana, Te Kāwanatanga: The Politics of Māori self determination. London: Oxford University Press.
This draws together an abbreviated chronological history of British and State interactions with Māori. It discusses the significant developments and events of the recent past, and provides a pragmatic analysis of the factors and issues influencing the ability for Māori to gain future autonomy. Contextualised by Māori self-determination, this work is a logical progression from Durie's previous writings which have focussed more specifically on the health sector.

Mead, H. M. (2003). Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori Values. New Zealand: Huia Publishers.
Professor Hirini Moko Mead's comprehensive survey of tikanga Māori (Māori custom) is the most substantial of its kind ever published. Ranging over topics from the everyday to the esoteric, it provides a breadth of perspectives and authoritative commentary on the principles and practice, past and present.

Mikaere, A. (2011). Colonising Myths and Māori Realities: He Rukuruku Whakaaro. Wellington: Huia Publishers.
This book brings together a collection of papers that reflects on the impact of Pākehā law and values on Māori thought and practise.

Mulholland, M., Tawhai, V. (2010)  Weeping Waters: The Treaty of Waitangi and Constitutional Change. Wellington: Huia Publishers.
Weeping Waters features essays from eighteen well-known and respected Māori figures including Professor Margaret Mutu, Bishop Muru Walters, Judge Caren Fox and lawyer Moana Jackson on He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Mutu, M. (2018) Ngāti Kahu: Portrait of a Sovereign Nation. Wellington: Huia Publishers.
This book features and in-depth analysis of Māori values and ways of being. It describes the iwi of Ngāti Kahu through the traditions and histories of each of the sixteen hapū, told by kuia and kaumātua and kept alive for future generations. These include histories of poverty, deprivation and marginalisation at the hands of the Crown, and loss of 95 percent of the lands of the iwi.  

Reilly, M., Duncan, S., Leoni, G., Paterson, L., Carter, L., Rātima, M., & Rewi, P. (2018). Te Kōparapara: An Introduction to the Māori World. Auckland: Auckland University Press.
A comprehensive and contemporary introduction to the Māori world. In 21 illustrated chapters, leading scholars introduce Māori culture (including tikanga on and off the marae and key rituals like pōwhiri and tangihanga), Māori history (from the beginning of the world and the waka migration through to Māori protest and urbanisation in the twentieth century), and Māori society today (including twenty-first century issues like education, health, political economy and identity).

Walker, R. (2004). Ka whawhai tonu mātou: The struggle never ends. Auckland: Penguin.
This is a history of New Zealand from a Māori perspective, encompassing the period since the origins of the Māori people. The book argues that the past 150 years have been an endless struggle by Māori for social justice, equality and self-determination.

Ngāpuhi Speaks: He Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. (2012) Independent Report. Kātiaia: Te Kawariki.
A summary of the evidence given by Ngāpuhi and the Crown to the initial Waitangi Tribunal hearing of the Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu claim. Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu is the greater Ngāpuhi alliance, “effectively Auckland to Te Rerenga Wairua”. That initial hearing spread over four sessions and several months of 2010 and 2011, concerned Ngāpuhi and Crown understandings of He Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (The Declaration of Independence 1835). Their work means we now have an opportunity to know about the thinking and actions of Ngāpuhi rangatira in early nineteenth century Aotearoa. For the first time, we can appreciate how those rangatira planned and acted in that world, what they intended to achieve through He Wakaputanga, and by signing Te Tiriti, providing an invaluably detailed account of Māori perspectives on that world and these documents. This report provides an in-depth analysis of mana, rangatiratanga, tikanga and political structures.