Indigenous Studies: Whakapapa

A selection of excellent Indigenous Studies resources to help you with your studies.

Whakapapa - Genealogy

Whakapapa is family history or genealogy.  It is an integral part of the Māori world, being  identification by whanau (family), hapu (sub tribe) and iwi (tribe). More broadly identification can also be by rangatira (chief), waka (canoe), maunga (mountain), awa (river), moana (sea), and marae.

The links on this page are places you can use to help you begin your search for whakapapa information.  Just Google your iwi for its official website and see if there is any useful points of contact for information there.

Government Resources

Waka - Canoes


Useful books

Whakapapa resources

Use this index to locate the relevant Minute Book.  See the links below for the libraries that hold the Minute Books for you to access once you have the information from the MLCMB Index.