The Clearinghouse uses Te Reo Māori topic terms to help library users identify material in the library that is by at least one Māori author or has a significant amount of content related to Māori.
Use Te Reo Māori Quick Topic Search to start your search using te reo Māori.
- To be responsive to the needs of Māori researchers, policy makers, frontline workers and students
- To assist people to find material relevant to their needs
- To provide a way of searching the library using te reo Māori
- To support the every day use of te reo Māori.
Te Reo Māori topic terms (in addition to English topic terms) are added to records for material that:
- Focuses on Māori research, policy or practice, or
- Contains information related to Māori or issues for Māori (where at least 20% of the content, or a significant chapter/section relates to Māori).
The Clearinghouse draws on Ngā Upoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject Headings thesaurus for most te reo Māori topic terms used. Ngā Upoko Tukutuku can be searched to understand the meaning and scope of Ngā Upoko Tukutuku terms used (including related English terms).
Ngā Upoku Tukutuku was developed by the Māori Subject Headings Project, jointly sponsored by LIANZA, Te Rōpū Whakahau, and the National Library of New Zealand.
“The tool provides a structured path to a Māori world view within library and archival cataloguing and description. It supports cataloguers and descriptive archivists to assign appropriate terms for the material, and helps users find those items within a framework they relate to.”1
We acknowledge the ongoing work of Te Whakakaokao, the Ngā Upoko Tukutuku Reo Māori Working Group.
Note that in the Clearinghouse library, Rangahau Māori is used only for material with at least one Māori author.
The Clearinghouse also draws on Te Reo Hāpai: The language of enrichment, a Māori language glossary for use in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors. We use terms from this glossary where gaps exist in Ngā Upoko Tukutuku, e.g. Pāmamae heke iho for historical/intergenerational trauma, or where there is a term preferred by those with lived experience, eg. Tangata whaikaha for disabled people.
“Te Reo Hāpai is about enriching language, including ‘words of great power’ in te reo from a strengths base and a mana enhancing Māori worldview for the benefit of tāngata whai ora. Wherever possible, Te Reo Hāpai combines the lived experience of tāngata whai ora and tāngata whaikaha with clinician and practitioner input.”2
We acknowledge the work of the author Keri Opai and Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui in developing and making this glossary available.
We welcome your feedback on the scope, usefulness or any other aspect of our use of te reo Māori topic terms in the library database.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ngā Upoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject Headings. Website. National Library of New Zealand. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- Opai, K. (2017). Te Reo Hāpai. The language of enrichment: A Māori language glossary for use in the mental health, addiction and disability sectors. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui.