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The National Library of New Zealand Māori Gallery

The National Library Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa have curated their collection of digitised Māori primary sources for you to use in the classroom or library.

Group of Māori in front of a Masterton meeting house, by James Bragge, 1865. Alexander Turnbull Library. PA7-30-16-2

In this gallery you will find a range of primary sources relating to early contact with Māori by Pakeha up to and including the 1860s. These range from paintings and photographs to maps and illustrations. Collectively they show how Europeans viewed and depicted the many activities, technologies, and experiences of Māori at the time.

A group I once saw, by William Strutt, 1856. Alexander Turnbull Library. E-453-f-005

The National Library provides services and support to schools, learners, and educators. Services to Schools supports literacy and learning by delivering programmes and services that aim to:

  • create engaged and motivated readers
  • develop skilled users and creators of information
  • connect young people to their culture and heritage
  • develop library and information services.

Services to educators include Curriculum Services, which lend over 1.5 million resources to support teaching programmes. Advisory Services offers advice on all aspects of school library development and management. It also delivers professional development and targeted programmes supporting literacy and learning. Follow this link to find out about the services provided.

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