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No. 54 (March 1966)
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A List of Publications

Mr Koro Dewes, now a lecturer in Maori at Victoria University of Wellington, was until recently a lecturer in the Department of University Extension, University of Auckland.

He compiled this list of publications as a guide for adults studying Maori society and culture at university extension classes.

It is a selective list, with the major emphasis on modern Maori society and culture. Basic books, recommended as being of especial interest, are marked with an asterisk. The initials J.P.S. stand for the Journal of the Polynesian Society, a quarterly magazine devoted to Maori and Polynesian studies which has been in existence since 1892.

A tremendous number of books and articles on Maori life and culture have been published: many of the books listed here (for example those by Peter Buck and Raymond Firth) give more specialized bibliographies on different aspects of the subject.

The Maori Before Cook

‘The Maori’ by Elsdon Best (2 volumes), Wellington 1924.*

‘Maori Marriage’ by Bruce Biggs, Polynesian Society Maori Monographs No. 1, Wellington 1960.

‘The Coming of the Maori’ by Peter Buck, Wellington 1958.*

‘Economics of the New Zealand Maori, by Raymond Firth, Government Printer 1929 (reprinted 1959).*

‘Culture Change in Prehistoric New Zealand’ by Jack Golson in ‘Anthropology in the South Seas’ ed. by Freeman and Geddes, New Plymouth 1959.

‘Polynesian Navigation’ ed. by Jack Golson, Polynesian Society memoir No. 34, Wellington 1962.

‘Ancient Voyagers in the Pacific’ by Andrew Sharp, Penguin Books, London 1957.

‘Ancient Voyagers in Polynesia’ by Andrew Sharp, Hamilton 1963.

‘Maori Warfare’ by A. P. Vayda, Polynesian Society Maori Monographs No. 2, Wellington 1960.

The Years Between

‘Maori Agriculture of The Auckland Province in the Mid-Ninetenth Century’ by R. P. Hargreaves, in J.P.S. vol. 68, June 1959, pp 61–79.

‘Maori Agriculture after the Wars (1871–1886)’ by R. P. Hargreaves, J.P.S. vol. 69, December 1960, pp 354–67.

‘Changing Maori Agriculture in Pre-Waitangi New Zealand’ by R. P. Hargreaves, J.P.S. vol. 72, June 1963, pp 101–117.

‘The Maori Schools in Rural Education’ by Halvor Holst, in ‘Education’, Department of Education, vol. 7, March 1958, pp 53–9.

‘King Potatau’ by Pei Te Hurunui, Polynesian Society, Wellington.

‘New Zealand’ by Harold Miller, London 1950.

‘Tamihana the King Maker’ by L. S. Rickard, Wellington 1963.

‘History of New Zealand’ by Keith Sinclair, Penguin Books, 1959.

‘The Origins of the Maori Wars’ by Keith Sinclair, New Zealand University Press, Wellington 1957.

The Maori Today

‘The Maori People and Us’ by Norman Smith, Wellington 1948.*

‘The Maori People To-day’ ed. by I. L. G. Sutherland, Wellington 1940.

‘New Zealand 1769-1840: The Early Years of Western Contact’ by Harrison M. Wright, Harvard University Press 1959.*

‘Maori and Pakeha’ by Ormond Wilson, J.P.S. vol. 72, March 1963, pp 11–20.

Population and Socio-Economic Status

‘The Maori Population: A Microcosm of a New World’ by W. D. Bouie in ‘Anthropology in the South Seas’ ed. by Freeman and Geddes, New Plymouth 1959.

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‘Maori Population and Dwellings’ N.Z. Census 1961, vol. 8, Department of Statistics, Government Printer.

‘Increase and Distribution of Population’ N.Z. Census 1961, vol. 1, Department of Statistics, Government Printer.

Report on Department of Maori Affairs 1960 by J. K. Hunn, Government Printer.

‘When is a Maori a “Maori”?’ by Ian Pool, J.P.S. vol. 72, September 1963.


‘Tohungaism and Makutu’ by G. Blake-Palmer, J.P.S. vol. 63, June 1954.

‘Maori-European Standards of Health’ by Health Department, Government Printer 1960.

‘A Health Survey in a Rural Maori Community’ by Ian Prior, N.Z. Medical Journal, vol. 61, July 1962.

Social Organisation and Culture

‘Maori Youth’ by David Ausubel, Wellington 1961.

‘Contemporary Maori Death Customs’ by Ernest and Pearl Beaglehole, J.P.S. vol. 54, June 1945.

‘A Modern Maori Community’ by John Booth in ‘Anthropology in the South Seas’ ed. by Freeman and Geddes, New Plymouth 1959.

‘A Maori Community in Northland’ by R. H. Hohepa, Auckland University, 1964.

‘Maori Savings Associations in Action in New Zealand's Far North’ by Joan Metge in ‘Capital Savings and Investment in Peasant Societies’ ed. by Firth and Yamey, London 1964.

‘Marriage in Modern Maori Society’ by Joan Metge in ‘Man’ vol. 57, November 1957.

‘A New Maori Migration’ by Joan Metge, London and Melbourne 1964.*

‘European Influences on Tapu and Tangi’ by W. J. Phillips, J.P.S. vol. 63, September 1954.

‘The Maori People To-day’ ed. by I. L. G. Sutherland. Wellington 1940.*


‘Some Modern Maoris’ by Ernest and Pearl Beaglehole, Wellington 1945.*

‘The Rakau Maori Studies’ by Ernest Beaglehole and James Ritchie, J.P.S. vol. 67, June 1958.

Victoria University Monographs on Maori Social Life and Personality:

‘Basic Personality in Rakau’ by James Ritchie, 1956.


‘Maori Adolescence in Rakau’ by D. S. Mulligan, 1957.


‘Childhood in Rakau’ by Jane Ritchie, 1957.


‘Rakau Children’ by Margaret Earle, 1958.

‘The Rakau Studies: A Review Article’ by Joan Metge and Dugal Campbell, J.P.S. vol. 67, December 1958.*

‘The Making of a Maori’ by James Ritchie, Wellington 1963.*


‘The Upraised Hand’ by William Greenwood, Polynesian Society Memoir No. 21, 1942.

‘Ratana’ by J. McLeod Henderson, 1963.*

‘The Maori People To-day’ ed. by I. L. G. Sutherland, Wellington 1940.

‘The Doctrine of Hau-Hauism’ by Robin Winks, J.P.S. vol. 62, September 1953.

Maori - Pakeha Relations

‘The Fern and the Tiki’ by David Ausubel. 1960.*

‘Attitudes to the Maori in some Pakeha Fiction’ by W. H. Pearson, J.P.S. vol. 67, September 1958.

‘Race Relations in New Zealand’ by R. H. T. Thompson, National Council of Churches, 1964.*

Maori Literature

‘Nga Moteatea’, vols. I and II by Apirana Ngata and Pei te Hurunui Jones, Polynesian Society. (Two volumes of poetry, with translations. A third volume is to be published shortly.)

‘The Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse’ ed. by Allen Curnow, 1960. See pages 79–86, ‘Maori Poetry’ by Allen Curnow and Roger Oppenheim.

‘Poetry of the Maori’ (verse translations) by Barry Mitcalfe. Pauls Book Arcade, Hamilton 1961.

‘He Konae Aronui’ by Reweti Kohere (proverbs, with translations), A. H. and A. W. Reed, Wellington 1951.

Fiction About Maoris

‘The Greenstone Door’ by William Satchell.

‘Brown Conflict’ by Leo Fowler, A. H. and A. W. Reed, Wellington 1959.

‘Maori Girl’ by Noel Hilliard, London 1960 (re-published in 1963 as a paperback).

‘A Piece of Land’ by Noel Hilliard, London and Christchurch, 1963.

‘No Boots for Mr Moehau’ by E. Audley, London 1963.

‘Turi’ by Lesley Power Cameron (with photos

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by Peter Blank), Pauls Book Arcade, Hamilton.

‘Hey Boy’ by Jane and Bernie Hill, Christchurch 1961.

Language Study

‘A Dictionary of the Maori Language’ by H. W. Williams. Sixth edition, Government Printer, 1957.

‘Te Rangatahi’ (two volumes) by Hoani Waititi, Government Printer. (For elementary and early intermediate classes.)

‘Lessons in the Maori Language’ by W. H. Wills, New Plymouth 1950. (For intermediate level.)

‘Maori Grammar and Translation’ by A. T. Ngata. Latest edition, revised by W. K. Smiler, Christchurch 1964.

‘Te Reo Maori’ by Patrick Smyth, Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch.

‘First Lessons in Maori’ by W. L. and H. W. Williams (a revised edition is to be published shortly).

‘Teach Yourself Maori’ by K. T. Harawira, Wellington, latest edition 1961.

‘Te Whare Kura’: a series for schools, published by the Department of Education. Government Printer. (These are designed for reading and translation.)

‘Te Ao Hou’ magazine (reading and translation).

‘Selected Readings in Maori’ by Bruce Biggs, University of Auckland.

‘Nga Mahi a Nga Tupuna’ by Sir George Grey. A revised, augmented edition was published in 1928 by H. W. Williams. (Reading and translation for very advanced students.)

When the New Zealand Opera Company's production of Porgy and Bess opened in Sydney recently, both the capacity audience and the theatre critics were full of praise for the production.

The audience refused to let the cast leave the stage, so Inia te Wiata led the cast in a haka. The audience's response was so enthusiastic that the Maoris, somewhat overwhelmed but thoroughly enjoying themselves, followed with a swinging version of ‘Haere mai’.

After five weeks in Sydney the company goes on to the Perth and Adelaide Festivals.