Murihiku Local Collection

These Māori resources are found nowhere else in the world!

The daily domestic routines, art, architecture, tools, self defence, history and migration of early Maori.  This title is an ideal companion to the New Zealand school curriculum, providing a continuum of early New Zealand history

The Māori searched for, and then traded, the precious pounamu along ancient trails across angry swollen rivers, through sombre forests and over treacherous snowfields into the heart of the Southern Alps.  

This book traces Māori engagement with handwriting from 1769 to 1826. It describes the first encounters Māori had with paper and writing and the first relationships between Māori and Europeans in the earliest school.

Moeraki is an unique place in North Otago in that it looks to the sea, rather then to the land, for its livelihood.  These accounts explore years of history in this historical part of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Māori place names and associated history of Otago, as told to Beattie by the Māori.  These oral histories have been past down from generation to generation.

A popular account of European discovery of Tasmania and New Zealand, Tonga and northern Fiji, in 1642-43, in the ships Heemskerck and Zeehaen.  This European discovery would change the world forever.

Nga Waka o Nehera is the essential reference work to the traditions of Māori canoes that voyaged to New Zealand – including lists of the waka, names of crew members and vessels, karakia and waiata, and maps.

Herries Beattie delves into the history and traditions of the Māori of the South Island gathered from numerous interviews with elderly Māori in the Otago and Southland region.

The story of the migration from the Pacific Islands to Aotearoa of the Takitimu canoe, and the history of its descendants born in New Zealand, who became the iwi Ngāti Kahungunu.

Contributors re-examine the orthodox scenario of Polynesian colonisation, and by studying aspects of New Zealand, they create new and challenging models for the date, type, and source of that country’s colonisation.

A history of the area from early settlement through to the Waitaki Power Development Project.  How a wild river was utilised by pioneer families and how it came to power huge turbines for modern electricity production.

Looks at the origins and development of Maori canoes, the different types, the spiritual dimension and post European changes. Also describes the history of waka racing. 

At a time when European seamen were still hugging their own coasts, Polynesian navigators had sailed halfway across the vast Pacific Ocean on voyages of exploration.  The discovery of Aotearoa was to be their last great landfall.

The story of the 19th-century penetration, annexation and colonisation of southern New Zealand by Europeans as it affected the local Māori inhabitants.  The story is told in the broader context of New Zealand history and imperial politics.

In 1848 South Island’s Kāi Tahu were persuaded to sell over eight million hectares of their land. Cheated badly, they fought for justice and in 1879 the prophet Te Maiharoa led an armed confrontation against Pākehā.