Tribal and Regional Histories

Extracted from a published bibliography by Ross Himona, "He Waka Eke Noa: Maori information resources", Quest Rapu Ara, Wellington, 1991. It is arranged by tribal area, from the North to the South.

See also for links to the tribes.


Te Tai Tokerau / Northland

Keene, Florence"Tai Tokerau"
No date. Published privately (43 Riverside Rd, Whangarei)

Keene, Florence
"O Te Raki"
1963, 43 Riverside Rd, Whangarei.

Keene, Florence
"Rangatira from Aupouri"
1974, 43 Riverside Rd, Whangarei.

Kereama, Matira
"The Tail of the Fish"
1968, Auckland, published privately.

Smith, S.P.
"The Peopling of the North"

Lee, J.
1987, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland

Davis, C.O.B.
"The Life and Times of Patuone"
1876, reprinted 1979, Capper Press, Christchurch.

King, Michael
"Whina: A Biography of Whina Cooper"
1983, Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland.

Campbell, J.L.
1952, Whitcombe and Tombs, (first published 1881).


Kelly, Leslie G.
"Tainui, the story of Hoturoa and his descendants"
1949, reprinted 1980, Capper Press, Christchurch.

Te Hurinui Jones, Pei
"King Potatau: an account of the life of Potatau Te Wherowhero,
the first Maori King"
Polynesian Society, Carterton.

Te Hurinui Jones, Pei & Biggs, Bruce
"Nga Iwi O Tainui: the traditional history of the Tainui people"
1995, Auckland University Press.

King, Michael
"A Place to Stand: The History of Turangawaewae Marae"
Occasional Paper No. 15, Centre for Maori Studies and Research
University of Waikato, Hamilton.

King, Michael
"Te Puea"
1977, Sceptre Books.


Steedman, J.A.W.
"Nga Ohaaki o Nga Whanau o Tauranga Moana"
Maori History and Genealogy of the Bay of Plenty
Undated, Publicity Print.

Stokes, Evelyn
"Stories of Tauranga Moana"
Occasional Paper No. 9, Centre for Maori Studies and Research
University of Waikato, Hamilton.


Stafford, D.M.
"Te Arawa"
1967, Reed, Wellington.

Grace, John Te H.
"Tuwharetoa, a history of the Maori people of the Taupo district."
1959, reprinted 1970, Reed, Wellington.


Best, Elsdon
"Tuhoe, The Children of the Mist", Vols I and II
1925, Reprint 1973, Reed, Wellington.

Webster, Peter
"Rua and the Maori Millenium"
1979, Price Milburn/VUP, Wellington.

Binney, Judith; Chaplain, Gillian and Wallace, Craig
"Mihaia, the story of Rua Kenana"
1980, Oxford University Press, Wellington.

Best, Elsdon
1897, Wellington (reprinted 1972, Reed, Wellington).


Lyall, A.C.
"Whakatohea of Opotiki"
1979, Reed, Wellington.


Broughton, Ruka
"The Origins of Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi"
Department of Maori Affairs, Wellington.

Hammond, Rev Thomas G.
"The Story of Aotea"
1924, Lyttleton Times, Christchurch.

Condliffe, J.B.
"Te Rangi Hiroa, the life of Sir Peter Buck"
1971, Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch.

Houston, John.
"Maori Life in Old Taranaki"
1965, Reed, Wellington.

Smith, S.P.
"History and Traditions of the Maoris of the West Coast"
1910, Memoirs of the Polynesian Society, New Plymouth.

Scott, Dick
"Ask that Mountain: The Sory of Parihaka"
1975, reprint 1987, Heinemann, Auckland.

Riseborough, Helen.
"Days of Darkness: Taranaki 1878 - 1884"
1989, Allen and Unwin, Wellington.

Belich, James
"I Shall Not Die: Titokowaru's War,New Zealand 1868 - 1869"
1989, Allen and Unwin, Wellington.

Church, Ian
Heartland of Aotea


Downes, T.W.
"Old Whanganui"
1915, reprint 1976, Capper Press, Christchurch.

Ngati Porou/East Coast

Halbert, Rongowhakaata.
"Horouta: The History of the Horouta Canoe, Gisborne and East Coast"
1999, Reed Books, Auckland.

Stirling, Eruera and Salmond, Anne.
"Eruera: The teachings of a Maori elder"
1980, reprint 1985, Oxford University Press, Auckland.

Stirling, Amiria and Salmond, Anne.
"Amiria: The life story of a Maori woman"
1976, reprint 1988, Heinemann Reed, Auckland.

Ngati Kahungunu/Hawkes's Bay - Wairarapa

Lambert, T.
"The Story of Old Wairoa"
1925, Coulls Somerville Wilkie, Dunedin.

Mitchell, J.H.
"Takitimu: A History of the Ngati Kahungunu People"
1944, reprint 1973, Reed, Wellington.

Buchanan, J.D.H., ed by Simmons, D.R.
"The Maori History and Place Names of Hawke's Bay"
1973, Reed, Wellington.

Wilson, J.G.
"The History of Hawke's Bay"
1939, reprint 1976 Capper Press, Christchurch.

Haami, Bradford
"Dr Golan Maaka, Maori Doctor"
1995, Tandem Press, Auckland

Pohuhu, Nepia
Te Whare Wananga, in "Te Wananga",
Vol I No.2 December 1929 and Vol II No.1 March 1930.

Bagnall, A.G.
"Wairarapa: An Historical Excursion"
1976, Hedleys, Masterton.


Buick, T.L.
"Old Manawatu"
1903, reprint 1976, Capper Press, Christchurch.

Wilson, J.G.
"Early Rangitikei"
1914, reprint 1976, Capper Press, Christchurch.

McEwen, J.M.
"Rangitane, A Tribal History"
1986, Reed Methuen, Auckland.

McDonald, Rod and O'Donnell, Ewart.
"Te Hekenga: Early Days in Horowhenua"
1929, facsimile ed 1979, Bennett, Palmerston North.

Adkin, G.L.
1948, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.

Kapiti CoastWellington

Carkeek, W.C.
"The Kapiti Coast: Maori Tribal History and Place Names of the
Paekakariki-Otaki District"
1966, reprint 1970, Reed, Wellington.

Burns, Patricia
"Te Rauparaha: A New Perspective"
1980, Reed, Wellington.

Adkin, G.L.
"The Great Harbour of Tara", 1959.

Best, Elsdon.
"Te Whanganui-A-Tara" (Wellington Harbour)

South Island

Mikaere, Buddy
"Te Maiharoa and the Promised Land"
1988, Heinemann, Auckland.

Elvy, W.J.
"Kei Puta te Wairau: A History of Marlborough in Maori Times"
1957, Whitcombe and Tombs, Wellington.

McNab, R.

Shortland, E.
"The Southern Districts of New Zealand"

Taylor, W.A.
"Lore and History of the South Island Maori"
1952, Bageands, Christchurch.


Christchurch City Council library

Simmons, D.R.
"The Great New Zealand Myth; A study of the discovery and origin traditions of the Maori"
1976, Reed, Wellington.

"The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography", Vols 1 to 5, 1769 - 1960.
1990 - 2000, Department of Internal Affairs / Auckland University Press

Some of the biographies are online at

See also Auckland University's Whakapapa Guide