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Iwi information

With the Māori entries from the Dictionary of New Zealand biography – published as Ngā tāngata taumata rau –  the iwi entries and some other general information from Te Ara, and, more recently, the 28th Māori Battalion website, there is now a good amount of high-quality written Māori available on the web.

Follow links below to find entries in te reo Māori. You can also view Te Ara pages in English by clicking on the English option button just under the search box near the top of the page. Further sources will be added to these lists as they become available.

Iwi histories and traditions are given on Te Ara. Each entry includes links to biographies of some of the main leaders of each iwi.

Other topics from Te Ara: Te Takenga me te Taenga mai o te Māori (Māori origins and arrivals)

Other sites

  • Māori Language Week – Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori This feature on includes a history of the Māori language, 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know and tips for pronunciation. It includes audio files of the 100 Māori words being read out loud.
  • Niupepa: Māori newspapers 1842–1933 This includes a searchable database, which was produced by New Zealand Digital Library in conjunction with the Alexander Turnbull Library.
How to cite this page

Māori language content, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated