Te Ao Hou

The Māori magazine Te Ao Hou (The New World) was published from 1952 to 1975. All 76 issues of Te Ao Hou are available free online and are fully searchable on Papers Past.

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About Te Ao Hou

Te Ao Hou was originally published four times a year by the Māori Affairs Department in New Zealand Aotearoa.

The journal focused on matters of interest to Māori. Te Ao Hou features bilingual content, with articles in both English and te reo Māori. Even the crosswords were in two languages.

Topics covered include:

  • social and political issues from 1952 to 1975
  • people and places
  • history and events
  • farming and agriculture
  • arts and crafts
  • recipes and food
  • sports
  • legends, poems and literature
  • obituaries.

Contributors include: S M (Hirini) Mead, Pei Te Hurunui Jones, Rēweti Kōhere, Joan Metge, J C Sturm, Kīngi Īhaka, Maharaia Winiata, Turoa Royal, Leo Fowler, Hone Tuwhare, Barry Mitcalfe, Rowley Habib (Rore Hapipi), Patricia Grace and Riki Erehi.

The National Library of New Zealand extends thanks to the Māori Purposes Fund Board for granting permission to digitise Te Ao Hou.

Access items in this collection

You can access the full set of Te Ao Hou magazines on Papers Past. The full text of each journal can be searched and you can browse and print page images. Full colour versions of all the covers are also available.

Papers Past

The seperate Te Ao Hou website has been retired as the platform it is on cannot be updated. It is being retired in a planned manner, and links from the old website are redirecting to Papers Past.

Other resources

Extract from ‘The Oxford companion to New Zealand literature’ — edited by Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie, 1998.

Te Ara — information about Te Ao Hou and Māori fiction.