Te Ara

It can be hard to find good online reference sources relating to Māori,  so Te Ara Encylopedia of New Zealand is a real gem. Te Ara, meaning “the pathway” is produced by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The attractive-looking site is organised around themes, with information about many aspects of New Zealand history and society.  All entries with substantial Māori content are available in Te Reo Māori.

Browsing the theme Māori New Zealanders leads to information about Māori origins, voyages, iwi, culture, European encounter, urban life and more. Alternatively, use the search box on the home page, e.g. a search for “Māori business” will bring up some recently added content on Māori business enterprise. 
Since it’s June, why not try a search for Matariki. Experience the multimedia features of the site by watching a video of Pou Temara of Ngāi Tuhoe relating a legend about how Matariki was formed (in either English or Māori), or read about how Matariki is celebrated today.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date with happenings at Te Ara, subscribe to their RSS feeds.

Erin Vail
Fendalton Library
Te Kete Wānanga o Waimairi

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