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Indigenous Studies: Home


Nau mai haere mai tauti mai ki tenei pae tukutuku mo te rangahau. This guide offers information and links to resources and services for students of Indigenous Studies.

Libraries on Campus

There are six Dunedin Campus Libraries and you can use all of them.

Each Library:

  • has resources for specific subject areas
  • offers different spaces for individual or group study
  • has slightly different opening hours

Use your ID card as your Library card to borrow books.

All Library notices are sent to your student email account.

Wireless access to the student network is available in all Dunedin campus libraries.

Central Library

Te Whare Pukapuka Matua

Subject area: Commerce & Humanities

Located in the Information Services Building on the corner of Albany & Cumberland


Health Science student working in Anatomy Museum

Health Sciences Library

Te Whare Pukapuka Whaiora

Subject area: Health Sciences

also serves the Southern DHB

Located in the Sayers Building opposite Dunedin Hospital


Opening hours at Hocken entrance

Hocken Collections

Uare Tāoka o Hākena

Subject area: histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa, the Pacific and Antarctica with special emphasis on southern New Zealand

Located at the corner of Anzac Avenue and State Highway 88

Hocken is a reference-only research library, gallery & archive that serves both the University and the public. It operates differently than other Dunedin Campus Libraries. See more on the Hocken website.

Māori language week display at Law Library

Sir Robert Stout Law Library

Te Whare Pukapuka Ture

Subject area: Law

Located on the 8th floor of the Richardson building in the heart of campus


Pacific students outside Robertson Library

Robertson Library

Te Whare Pukapuka Mātauranga

Subject area: Education

also serves the Otago Polytechnic*

Located on Union St East

*Polytech students should use the Polytech Library website to access Library services & resources.


Science 3 building sign

Science Library

Te Whare Pukapuka Pūtaiao

Subject area: sciences, medical sciences and Health Science First Year

Located in the Science III building next to the St David St Lecture Theatre



Mātaatua Declaration

The 'First International Conference on the Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples' was held in Whakatāne from June 12 to 18, 1993. This resulted in the Mātaatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples', commonly referred to as the Mātaatua Declaration.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday 13 September 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Kenya, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Samoa and Ukraine).

New Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies Books


Mātauranga Māori Librarian

Jacinta Beckwith

Support Around Campus

Te Huka Mātauraka Māori Centre

Te Roopū Māori Māori Students' Association

Pacific Islands Centre

Te Pokapū Whakapūkenga Student Learning Centre

Library Kaiāwhina

The University of Otago Library Kaiāwhina can help with using library resources:

Health Sciences Library: Christy Ballard

Hocken Library: Katherine Milburn

Robertson Library: Alexander Ritchie and Shiobhan Smith

Science Library: Lynne Knapp