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Kohinga Māori/Māori Collection

Central Hawke’s Bay District Libraries have a Māori collection, which is easily accessibleThis collection contains resources of cultural, historical, social and language significance for all of AotearoaEmphasis is given to any material of a local nature, particularly Ngāti Kahungunu. 

There is an archive collection available for use upon request in the Waipawa Library and is used for research purposes only. Items include, local newspapers, manuscripts and pictorials, heritage items, local maps.  

Both Libraries hold a wide selection of bilingual and Te Reo Māori early readers specifically for children. 




Each of our libraries has an Adult Māori Section and a Junior Māori Section.  

Adult Māori Section 

In the Waipawa Library the dedicated Māori space has reference and lending collections and is located at the front of the library.  

These collections contain items of cultural, historical, social and language significance for all of Aotearoa. The kaupapa is to provide books and other materials which foster the cultural needs of Māori and promote an understanding of Māoritanga in the Tamatea community. 

This collection continues to grow in resources, games, content and we aim to continuously add to our recollect collection. 

We also provide programmes that help foster Te Reo and Mātauranga Māori for life-long learning.  

Junior Māori Section 

All Junior Māori books are located next to the Adult Māori section and Junior Māori fiction books are integrated within our Junior fiction section as well for all tamariki to enjoy. 

There are now Māori board games, resource’sprogrammes, events and initiatives.

As more items are published, including bilingual and Māori language publications these are added to the collections. 

Listed here are various websites to assist with your research in Māori related subjects. 

Local Links (these are drop downs to reveal the information) 




Our Poutiaki Reo, Paraone Gloyne, presents TARINGA, a weekly, bilingual podcast produced entirely by kaimahi at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. 

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  • Waiata Anthems | Sing 

Waiata Anthems builds on the momentum of the hugely successful 2019 compilation album which saw successful pop songs by artists like Six60, Benee and Stan Walker

re-recorded in te reo Māori and skyrocketed to the top of the Official New Zealand Album Chart.  

The creator of Waiata/Anthems Dame Hinewehi Mohi says Waiata Anthems Week is the ongoing celebration of our nation’s heritage language, using the accessibility and power of popular music to increase the reach of our unique cultural identity to all of Aotearoa.  

“From waiata that broke new ground such as ‘E Ipo’ by Prince Tui Teka and ‘Poi E’ by Pātea Māori Club to waiata stalwarts like Moana Maniapoto, Rob RuhaMaisey Rika and Maimoa, we must never forget the songs that have moved us and the voices that championed for change.” 


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