The words, their meanings, the explanations and the example sentences in this dictionary have been gathered over a number of years from a wide variety of written and oral sources, including Māori television programmes. However, the books listed below have been particularly valuable and the author wishes to acknowledge these in particular as major sources of information for this dictionary.
For the vocabulary meanings, grammatical explanations, idioms and colloquial expressions the author wishes to acknowledge the following major sources:
- Biggs, Bruce. 1998. Let's Learn Maori: A Guide to the Study of the Maori Language. Auckland: Auckland University Press.
- Deverson, T. & G. Kennedy (eds.). 2005. The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
- Harlow, Ray. 2001. A Māori Reference Grammar. Tāmaki-makau-rau: Pearson Education New Zealand Limited.
- Ngata, H. M. 1993. English-Maori Dictionary. Wellington: Learning Media.
- Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. 1996. Te Matatiki: Contemporary Māori Words. Auckland: Oxford University Press.
- Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori. 1999. He Kohinga Kīwaha. Auckland: Reed.
- Williams, H.W. 1971. A Dictionary of the Māori Language. Wellington: Government Printer.
For the brief descriptions of the flora and fauna the following have been the main sources and are acknowledged:
- Crowe, Andrew. 2001. Which Native Tree? Auckland: Penguin Books.
- Crowe, Andrew. 2001. Which Native Fern? Auckland: Penguin Books.
- Crowe, Andrew. 2002. Which New Zealand Insect? Auckland: Penguin Books.
- Crowe, Andrew. 2003. Which Coastal Plant? Auckland: Penguin Books.
- Crowe, Andrew. 2003. Which Native Forest Plant? Auckland: Penguin Books.
- Crowe, Andrew. 2004. A Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New Zealand. Auckland: Penguin Books.
- Heather, B.D. 2000. The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland: Viking.
- Salmon, J.T. 1980. The Native Trees of New Zealand. Auckland: Heinemann Reed.