Following on from my last post were I outlined some resources I have found useful for learning about contemporary Indigenous Australian issues; I have turned my attention to MÄori resources in this post. As with the previous post, I have tried to provide resources that are written by MÄori people, in some cases this is easier said than done as it is certainly not up to me to decide who is MÄori and who is not. I am an outsider to MÄori culture and this collection of resources is only intended to skim the surface in order to provide a few avenues for further research. If you think there is anything I have overlooked in this post or have other suggestions for me, I encourage you to tweet me: @JoannePilcher1
Te Ara â The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand has been an invaluable resource for me, the website splits into themes that contexualise contemporary MÄori life such as The Bush, The Settled Landscape and Economy and the City. It is possible to browse around topics based on these themes or it is an excellent place to go to read up on a specific issue but simply searching key words. They also feature stories and articles, for example this weekâs featured story is Deep-sea Creatures. https://teara.govt.nz/en
Maori.org.nz â This website provides useful summaries of elements of contemporary MÄori culture and their historical context. I particularly enjoyed looking at the section on Korero O Nehera (Stories of Old), which is a collection of traditional MÄori stories written by MÄori authors. It also includes a selection of further links to learn more about each of the themes it addresses. http://www.maori.org.nz/
MÄori Television has a news section on their website that covers current affairs from a MÄori perspective. The Headlines section gave an interesting overview all news and I found the Politics section really useful for understanding how MÄori issues are represented within the political structures in New Zealand. http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/headlines
While New Zealand History is not a specifically MÄori focused website, it has been recommended by other MÄori sites as a useful resource for providing historical context on MÄori culture. It provides a Brief pre-history of how MÄori peoples came to settle in New Zealand as well as going into a lot of detail on key dates in MÄori history. It also has a really useful section on the various wars that took place between different MÄori tribes and the PÄkehÄ (non-MÄori New Zealanders) and how this shaped the treatment of MÄori peoples in New Zealand today. http://history-nz.org/maori.html
He Pukenga Korero â A Journal of MÄori Studies website http://www.hepukengakorero.com/
The New Zealand Human Rights Commissionâs page discusses equality and human agency more broadly and often shares information relating to MÄori issues. https://www.facebook.com/NZHumanRightsCommission/
New Zealand MÄori Arts and Crafts Institute shares a wide array of MÄori art and design for anyone interested in learning more about traditional MÄori visual culture. https://www.facebook.com/nzmaci/?ref=br_rs
MÄori Rights in NZ shares a range of posts, from more political think pieces to more community-based information. https://www.facebook.com/MaoriRightsInNz/?ref=br_rs
Te Ahi Kaa â this podcast provides a bilingual discussion of various MÄori experiences from the past, present and future. https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/teahikaa
There is a very wide selection of books on MÄori New Zealand in the British Library collections. In this list I have outlined ones that provide a more general context of MÄori beliefs and culture, I will be revisiting some of these titles in future blog posts.
Rawinia Higgins, Poia Rewi and Vincent Olsen-Reeder eds, The value of the MaÌori language /Te hua o te reo MaÌori, Wellington : Huia Publishers, 2014, [shelfmark: Asia, Pacific & Africa YP.2014.a.6419] A bilingual collection of essays in Te Reo and English that discuss the importance of preventing the MÄori language from dying out.
Tracey McIntosh and Malcolm Mulholland ed, MÄori and social issues, Wellington, N.Z. : Huia Pub., 2011 [shelfmark: Asia, Pacific & Africa YD.2012.a.4357] This book is part of the same series as The value of the MÄori language, it aims to highlight social issues faced by MÄori people from their perspective and suggests solutions that are MÄori-centred.
Cleve Barlow, Tikanga Whakaaro : key concepts in Maori culture, Auckland : Oxford University Press, 1991 [General Reference Collection YC.1991.a.5030] Written by a MÄori man who comments that his combination of MÄori upbringing and western style education has inspired the book's structure. He focuses in on key MÄori themes, selecting ones that are most relevant to contemporary MÄori life. Each entry is bilingual.
Tania Ka'ai, Ki te whaiao : an introduction to MÄori culture and society, Auckland, N.Z. : Pearson Longman, 2004 [shelfmark: Document Supply m04/30485] This book is structured so that the first part focuses on the MÄori world, Te Ao MÄori, and the second, NgÄ Ao e Rua (The Two Worlds), looks at how the worlds of the MÄori and PÄkehÄ have interacted and existed alongside each other throughout time.
Auckland Art Gallery, PuÌrangiaho: seeing clearly: casting light on the legacy of tradition in contemporary MaÌori art, Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland Art Gallery, c2001 [shelfmark: General Reference Collection YA.2002.a.20895]. There is often a risk of associating the traditional art of First Peoples of any country as historical or anthropological objects. While they can be both historical and anthropological (like all artworks) they can also be considered as great pieces of contemporary art. This exhibition catalogue looks at how contemporary MÄori artists have utilised traditional techniques in their work.
By Joanne Pilcher
PhD Placement Student
British Library and Brighton University