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Grey New Zealand Māori Manuscript Collection


Sir George Grey’s donation to the citizens of Auckland is a substantial collection of pre-European mātauranga Māori (knowledge) in relation to song, incantation, custom, ritual, genealogy and traditions.

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.

Archive Location


Collection Information

Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, Auckland


Press Release: Heritage Manuscripts Acknowledged by UNESCO