Māori and Indigenous Education

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Databases and portals

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Reports and centres

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Conference papers are often listed in databases or may not be published at all.

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Use the Catalogue to find material in the University of Auckland Library’s notable collection of books, journals, theses, television programmes and conference proceedings on Māori and Indigenous education.


  • Google Scholar
    Discover a significant volume of literature to do with Māori and Indigenous education in Google Scholar - sort results by date for most recent material.
  • Education Research Complete
    Includes Māori and Indigenous research published in a range of international journals.
  • ERIC
    A key education database, which includes Māori and Indigenous research published in a range of international journals
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    Includes material on language policy and revitalization, second language acquisition and language pedagogies
  • Oxford Bibliographies
    Excellent review articles across education, language and linguistics - including indigenous, bi-cultural and multicultural perspectives, and citing many key sources in those fields.
  • SAGE Research Methods
    Researching in the social sciences? Methods, methodologies and much more.

New Zealand, Pacific and Australia

  • Index New Zealand : INNZ
    Essential for local coverage of Māori and Pacific education, listing journals, magazines and some government publications.
  • nzresearch.org.nz
    A gateway to open access research documents, including theses, produced at universities, polytechnics, and other research institutions in New Zealand.
  • Te Puna Search
    Aotearoa New Zealand's catalogue of library catalogues; includes books, theses and journal titles - best discovered in the Advanced search.
  • A Plus Education
    Lists hundreds of items relating to Māori, Pacific and Indigenous research.


Kaupapa Māori methodologies

Indigenous methodologies

Evaluating sources

Keywords | Strategic searching | Finding full text


Indigenous literature is a fast-growing body of work. It is often advisable to go beyond one Indigenous group to find relevant material. Here are some suggestions.

Maori, Pacific, Pasifika, Polynesian. Māori and Pasifika peoples may be associated in local research.
Indigenous, Aboriginal, Native, First Peoples, First Nations, Khoe-San.
Fijian, Iroquois, Sami, Saami, Ngai Tahu, and other particular groups or individual tribes.
Linda Smith, Bagele Chilisa or other key authors.


  • Aboriginal may refer to Indigenous peoples in Australia, Canada or elsewhere.
  • Native may discover some material relating to people born in but not necessarily indigenous to a place.
  • Macrons may disrupt the search function in some databases.

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Strategic searching: Tabulate concepts

Listing possible key terms by concept enables you to systematically construct multiple searches.
From the table below, you would enter one keyword from each column/concept in successive combinations.

Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3
Maori education assessment
Indigenous school testing
Aboriginal children evaluation

Maori education assessment, Maori school assessment, Maori education testing, Indigenous education assessment etc.

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Finding full text

If full text is not immediately available, try the following:

If still not accessible use Interlibrary Loan.

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The Faculty of Education and Social Work uses the American Psychological Association APA style.



  • Referencing
    Access a range of tools and support material to assist your referencing work.


  • Quick©ite
    Use this interactive tool to view examples of references.
    Covers a range of styles used at the University of Auckland.

Last updated : 18 April 2023
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