Mātangireia, a collection of Māori, Pacific, Aotearoa and Indigenous resources, associated spaces and services underpinned by Kaupapa Māori values. Mātangireia is a holistic approach to support the research, teaching and learning needs of all users who will benefit from an inclusive environment that celebrates mana whenua, cultural heritage, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. Selection of works for this collection is governed by the Mātangireia Collection Development Plan.

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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.


Most book are held in the main collection of Mātangireia on level 4. There is a small collection of Mātangireia Outsize and Map Outsize Books shelved in the Journals section on Level 3. A temperature controlled Rare Books Room on Level 1 contains all books published up to 1900, second copies of books published 1901-1945, handprinted or handmade New Zealand poetry and some valuable or rare books are available on request.

Government Publications

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

British Parliamentary Papers Relating to New Zealand

Electoral Rolls

Journals of the House of Representatives

Māori Land Court Minute Books

New Zealand Gazettes

New Zealand Police Gazettes

New Zealand Statues

Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)

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.


Mātangireia holds a small number of discontinued journals on Level 4. All other Journals are held in the Journals collection on Level 3. Check Library Search for the location of the journal you are looking for.

Mahi Mareikura

The Mahi Māreikura room is dedicated primarily for the display and conservation of the collected taonga and works of the late Dr. Pei te Hurinui Jones. This room also hosts a collection from the library of Dr. Pei te Hurinui Jones’ colleague and close whānaunga, Emeritus Professor Bruce Biggs, and the personal collection of Maharaia Winiata.

Mahi Māreikura is located on Level 4 and access is available to researchers by appointment only. Some access restrictions may apply.

Māori Land Court Minute Books

The Māori Land Court Minute Books are a valuable source of information on Māori land, whakapapa and iwi histories.

The University of Waikato Library holds a collection of Māori Land Court Minute Books on microfilm and in bound volumes, from 1865-1975 (approximately). These cover all seven Māori Land Court districts - Tairawhiti, Waiariki, and Waikato-Maniapoto (bound volumes) and Aotea, Taitokerau, Takitimu, and Te Wai Pounamu (on microfilm). The minute book collection is located in the New Zealand Collection on Level 4 of the University of Waikato Library.

Mātangireia Pacific

Mātangireia Pacific holds the bulk of the Library’s Pacific material relating to Polynesia with some Melanesia and Micronesia. Material has been collected to different levels reflecting the relationship between particular islands and New Zealand and on the broad categories into which the Pacific is divided. Pacific titles of interest to all the disciplines taught at the University are acquired particularly in culture, history, politics, statistics, geography, flora and fauna, literature, commerce, law, tourism and Pacific studies.

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 [email protected]. - See also the Guide to Finding NZ Newspapers.

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.