The Brown Pages (TBP) directory was created from a recommendation made by Te Manu Aute (The Māori Communicators network) at a hui at Turangawaewae Marae in 1992. Te Manu Aute recognised that a database should be compiled, updated annually and made available to its people and the wider moving image industry.
The Brown Pages was first published in 1993. It was produced by Kara Paewai and Melissa Wikaire until 2001 when Iulia Leilua and Sandra Kailahi joined forces with Melissa. Today it has evolved into an online networking and information service for Maori, Pacific and indigenous people in the media and creative arts sectors. It also supports mainstream clients who wish to access the services and products of people in the Brown Pages directory.
The online directory is still a register and database of Māori, Pacific and indigenous peoples, who wish to be part of an indigenous network and aims to strengthen, develop and promote those peoples in their creative fields. These fields cover Print/Publishing, TV/Film/Radio, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Multimedia, Music and Industry Support Services.