Maori Genealogy - Whakapapa 

Whakapapa is more than just genealogy or family history as understood by Europeans and ideally should be learned in the tribal setting. A researcher should contact kaumatua (elders) at the marae. The Maori civil registers of births and deaths from 1913-1961 and marriages from 1911-1952 may reveal information as there is provision for tribal affiliation to be recorded on birth and death entries. Other sources for research are parish registers, school admission registers and class lists, and cemetery records.

Maori Land Court minute books are an important resource because the courts dealt with Maori landowners who were required to prove their right to the land by proving their relationship within the tribe. Archives New Zealand holds microfilm copies of the minute books for the period 1865-1975. The Department of Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) hold records of leases and surveys of land, website.  The minute books may also be available in university and public libraries and at Family History Centres at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

 For further information contact the Maori Interest Group of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists.