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Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui

Ngā Rauemi Kuki Airani Māori mā ngā pakeke Cook Islands Māori Resources for adults

Wellington City Libraries has Newspapers and a collections of Books in Cook Islands Māori, as well as many useful books for Pacific people.


You will find the Cook Islands News at He Matapihi Molesworth and Newtown libraries. Newspapers cannot be borrowed - they must be read in the library.

Cook Islands Māori news websites are accessible on the free internet computers at all libraries. These include Cook Islands News.

Books in Cook Islands Māori

Children's books in Cook Islands Māori are available at most branch libraries. Click here for a full list.

Books in English

Most books can be borrowed for 3 weeks. Our books are organised by a numbering system and the same system is used at all branches. For example, The Road Code for car, motor cycle and truck driver's licenses is shelved at 343.0946 DON. There are copies at all Libraries and they can be borrowed for 1 week. If no copies are currently available, you can reserve one with your Library Card.

Here are some subjects you may find useful:

  • 428: learning English
  • 499.4: Cook Islands Māori grammar and dictionaries
  • 500s: Science, astronomy, plants, trees and animals
  • 640-649: home care, sewing for the home, children's & adults' clothing, cooking and parenting
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 700s: art, craft & music, tapa, movies & entertainment
  • 900s: countries, travel and history, including Cook Islands history (996.1) and geography & travel (919.6) and New Zealand travel (919.31).

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A history of the Pacific Islands , by Steven Roger Fischer

Akama'ara i te Kuki Airani matiri = Remember Cook Island proverbs by Renee Hollis. (2007)

Improving your English

In our collection we have:

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Focus on IELTS by Susan O'Connell.

These items are available in the Adult Learning Collection, the main collection at 420.7 and 428.24. There are Adult Learning collections at Newtown, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Johnsonville, Miramar and Karori Libraries.

All of these items are FREE to borrow and are issued for 3 weeks. You can borrow as many items as you like.

For more information, visit our English as a Second Language subject guide.

Please ask us if you need help finding anything you need.

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