Library Publications

The following works were originally digitized by the University of Waikato Library. These are now freely available as part of the Zealand Electronic Text Collection.

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Polynesian Mythology & Nga Mahi a Nga Tupuna

Polynesian Mythology : and ancient traditional history of the New Zealand race : as furnished by their priests and Chiefs by Sir George Grey. Ko nga mahi a nga tupuna Maori : he mea kohikohi mai na George Grey.

Facsimile reprint of the 1885 2nd edition, originally published in English and Maori by H. Brett.

The Ancient History of the Maori

In 1879, John White was commissioned by the Government to compile an Official Maori History, seven volumes of which were published between 1887 and 1891. The other six volumes were never completed and remained in manuscript form.

The University of Waikato Library transcribed and published the entire Ancient History of the Maori as 13 volumes. It is also available electronically from the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection at:

The individual volume titles are as follows:

Reprinted volumes
Volume 1-3 Horu-uta or Taki-tumu Migration
Volume 4-6 Tai-nui
Volume of Illustrations

Manuscript volumes
Volume 7 Te Arawa
Volume 8 Awatea, Taranaki, Nga-ti-hau, Nga-ti-rua-nui
Volumes 9 & 10, 13 & 11 Nga-ti-whatua, Nga-puhi
Reels 4 & 6 Notes

The Lore of the Whare Wananga

The Lore of the Whare-wananga, or, Teachings of the Maori College on religion, cosmogony and history written down by H.T. Whatahoro from the teachings of Te Matorohanga and Nepia Pohuhu, priests of the Whare-wananga of the East Coast, New Zealand; translated by S. Percy Smith.

Facsimile reprint, originally published in New Plymouth by the Polynesian Society, 1913-1915.

The individual volume titles are as follows:

Part I Te Kauwae-runga, or, Things celestial
Part II Te Kauwae-raro, or, Things terrestrial