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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.

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Law Library, 8th Floor, Richardson Building, University of Otago, Dunedin.
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Libraries on Campus

There are six libraries on campus and you can use all of them.

Each library has:

  • resources for specific subject areas
  • different spaces for individual or group study
  • slightly different opening hours
  • wireless access to the student network

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

All library notices are sent to your University email account.

Central Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Matua

Subject area: Commerce & Humanities

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

Health Sciences Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Whaiora

Subject area: Health Sciences and also serves the Southern DHB

Located in the Sayers Building opposite Dunedin Hospital

Hocken Collections - Te 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 Collections is a reference-only research library, gallery & archive open to both the University and the public. See more on the Hocken website.

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

Robertson Library - Te Whare Pukapuka Mātauranga

Subject area: Education and also serves the Otago Polytechnic*

Located on Union St East

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

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).

Support Around Campus

Te Huka Mātauraka Māori Centre

Te Roopū Māori Māori Students' Association

Te Pokapū mā kā ākoka o kā Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa Pacific Islands Centre

Whaowhia Te Kete Mātauraka Student Learning Development

New Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies Books

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