Murihiku – A Southland Story

Murihiku is a Māori name describing a region of the South Island in New Zealand. Traditionally it was used to describe the portion of the South Island below the Waitaki River, but now is mostly used to describe the province of Southland. The name means “the tail end (of the land)” (literally muri, the end of; hiku, the tail) in Māori.

If you are looking into your Māori ancestry and need some assistance, contact us and we will work with you and the Ngāi Tahu whakapapa team to fill in the gaps

The Invercargill City Libraries & Archives has a myriad of local and national Māori taonga and resources.  Feel free to contact us for more information

Tangata Whenua
Our People
Photo oof Korako Karetai

Life stories about local people from Murihiku Southland.  Next story will be about Pam Lee.

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He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that helped shape Aotearoa New Zealand and what it has become today.

The Māori Language Commission was set up under the Māori Language Act 1987 to promote the use of Māori as a living language and as an ordinary communication medium.  The theme is for 2018 is Kia kaha!

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document.   This site covers the events that led up to the Treaty.  It explains what is written in the documents, and the crucial differences between the Māori and English versions.

The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project, is dedicated to mapping the traditional Māori place names and associated stories within the Ngāi Tahu rohe (tribal area).

Ngāi Tahu are the Māori people of the southern islands of New Zealand – Te Waipounamu – the Greenstone Isle. Ngāi Tahu hold rangatiratanga or tribal authority for over 80 per cent of the South Island.

A wide range of social, cultural, indigenous and historical topics related to the past and present lives and traditional cultures of the Polynesian peoples of Pacific/Oceanic heritage.