A resource hub of Māori, Pacific, Aotearoa, & Indigenous materials, guided by Kaupapa Māori values.

Archives and Manuscripts

Mātangireia provide access to a range of Archive collections. To view the range of collections available please visit Archives held by the Library.

If you'd like to request any of the following items, please fill out the Archives Request Form.


Mātangireia Pacific holds the bulk of the Library’s Pacific material relating to Polynesia with some Melanesia and Micronesia. 


A valuable source of information on Māori land, whakapapa and iwi histories.


Books, Mātangireia Outsized Books, Outsized Map Books, Rare Books (pre 1900), Rare Books (second copies 1901 - 1945), New Zealand Poetry.

Government Publications

All physical copies of the Government Publications held in Storage or on Level 1 are available on request through Library Search.

Grey Manuscripts

The collection consists of letters and manuscripts either collected by or produced by Sir George Grey. The material relates to his political and colonial career, both in and outside Aotearoa, and his cultural and philological interests. Included are manuscripts by Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks and material about Madagascar, reta and manuscripts in Māori, and more than 3000 reta written mostly to Grey, but occasionally to other correspondents.


Mahi Māreikura

Huakina! Riariakina! Kia hahaina, kia rangahia! Open! Explore! Grasp knowledge and bring it together! The Mahi Māreikura room showcases and preserves the treasures and works of Dr. Pei te Hurinui Jones.

Michael King Collection

The University of Waikato Library has taken charge of a collection of books that formed part of the personal library of the historian, Michael King. His family generously offered part of Michael’s own personal library to the University Library to supplement the material held in Mātangireia. The 600 books are shelved on level 4 near Mātangireia Pacific.

Michael King, one of New Zealand’s foremost historians. He had close ties with Hamilton and the University of Waikato having worked for the Waikato Times and having gained his M.A. and Ph.D. at this university. He was also commissioned to write a history of the University, which he was doing when he died.


Copies of the New Zealand Herald from 1863 - 3 months ago are available on Microfilm. These can be retrieved from the Microfilm cabinets near the Microfilm Readers. A blue folder contains instructions for using the Microfilm Reader, but assistance is also available by contacting matangireia@waikato.ac.nz.

Raupatu Document Bank

Prepared by the Waitangi Tribunal, the Document Bank consists of copies of documents held by the National Archives of New Zealand relating to land claims in New Zealand from the 1870s to 1960s, together with statutes relating to confiscated land. These are available on Level 4 near the Māori Land Court Minute Books.

Statistical Publications

All physical copies of Statistical Publications are available on request through Library Search.

These include:

  • New Zealand Official Yearbook
  • Key Statistics
  • Census material
  • Hot Off the Press - no longer in print. Earlier years catalogued under separate titles, but still in series.