It's my pleasure to announce on behalf of the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre that A Dictionary of the Maori Language (1957 edition), by Herbert William Williams, has been digitised and is now freely available online.
The NZETC is a unit within the VUW Library, whose mission includes building a free online library of NZ and Pacific resources. As well as the Williams dictionary, the NZETC's online collection also includes the Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary by Edward Tregear, as well as a number of works relating to Maori history and culture, mostly by 19th century Pakeha historians and ethnographers.
At present the Williams dictionary can be browsed like any other text on the NZETC website, chapter by chapter, though in the future we intend to use this and our other dictionaries to offer online word-lookup services like that offered by Learning Media using the Ngata dictionary.
We would be grateful to receive feedback from readers: comments both positive and negative, suggestions, and errata.
The NZ Electronic Text Centre has recently added several other digitised books to our free online collection
This batch consists mainly of more texts on New Zealand colonial history, and the New Zealand Wars. The new texts since our last announcement are:
- Check to Your King, by Robin Hyde
- The Maori Race, by Edward Tregear
- Soldiering in New Zealand, Being Reminiscences of a Veteran, by Major Frederick Gascoyne
- The Maori King, by Sir John Eldon Gorst
- History of NZ, Volume 1 and Volume 2, by George William Rusden
- From Tasman to Marsden, by Robert McNab
- The Long White Cloud, by William Pember Reeves
- Maori Wars of the Nineteenth Century, by Stephenson Percy Smith
- New Zealand and the War, by William Swainson
- Kōtare 2000, Volume Three, Number Two
This update brings to 48,800 the number of pages on the NZETC website. Of these, about half are pages about authors, or about people, places, and organisations mentioned in the texts, and the other half are chapters and sub-sections of books, including over 8,500 figures.
We've just recently installed a rather flash new server for running our website software. This means we can now update the site more frequently, fixing errors more promptly, publishing new texts as soon as they're digitised, and introducing some new features. The first new feature to be added will be a high-level index of the site by subject and genre.