Many publications by and about Māori are available for lending in the Non-fiction Collection. However, a more extensive range is available in the Ngā Wāhi Rangahau Research Collection for using when you are in the library. Not only do we have recent books, but also the older, more difficult to find publications.
There is a particular focus on the Māori history of our rohe, known as Tauranga Moana. We have copies of the Tauranga Māori Land Court Minute Books, the reports for the Tauranga claims to the Waitangi Tribunal, some family histories and references from the Bay of Plenty Times.
The Māori Reference Collection is located on the first floor of Tauranga City Library. Enter Ngā Wāhi Rangahau Research Collections and turn left. The carving Te Waharoa o te Matauranga, created by James Tapiata waits to greet you as you enter.
Te Waharoa o te Mana Mātauranga
(The Gateway to the Power of Knowledge)
Master carver James (Hemi) Tapiata 1994
Members of Tūhononga Wairua presented the carving to the Tauranga Library in 1994. The main purpose of the carving is to attract and welcome Māori into the Library and to provide a point of identification for all who come here.
Ngā Kete Wānanga
(Tāne and the three baskets of knowledge)
Master carver Tuti Tūkaokao 1989
This is the story of how Tāne, the progenitor of mankind, of the forests and all the creatures of the forest, ascended through to the uppermost realm. This realm was occupied only by lo-Matua-Kore, God-the-Parentless, and there Tāne obtained the three baskets of knowledge. He returned to Earth with the knowledge and created humankind from the Earth.
The story of Tāne ascending to the uppermost heaven and retrieving three baskets of knowledge, which were ko te Kete Tuauri (darkness), ko te Kete Tuatea (light), and ko te Kete Aronui (pursuit).
What he did with these baskets is described in a traditional chant as:
“These were distributed and implanted about the earth
from which came human life
growing from dim light to full light
there was life.”
Last Reviewed: 17/05/2017