Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscript Collection

  • Registration number: 4
  • Year of registration: 2011
  • Location: Auckland Libraries, Central City Library, Auckland
  • Image: GNZMMS147

Further information: Auckland Libraries

Sir George Grey (twice Governor of New Zealand), a soldier, explorer, politician, philanthropist, and linguist donated his substantial manuscript, book collection and personal papers to the citizens of Auckland. Part of the ‘Governor’s Gift’ included the Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscripts (147 items).

The Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscript collection is a substantial cultural and historical record of pre-European examples of Māori knowledge and information. It is a record documenting mātauranga Māori (knowledge) in relation to song, incantation, custom, ritual, genealogy and traditions pertaining to various Māori collective communities.

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