Whakapapa - Māori Genealogy
If you're researching your whakapapa, Napier Libraries has many great resources to help you on your journey of discovery. You may also find our Genealogy Page useful.
We have a wide range of useful databases to help you discover your whakapapa, which can be accessed on our Digital Content page. These resources are a great place to start:
Find your way to the tribal marae of Aotearoa New Zealand - through maps, information and photographs - through the digital gateway of Māori Maps. Te Potiki National Trust gathers the information for Māori Maps from public sources, and holds it in trust for our beneficiaries, the marae of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is a mandated iwi organisation with the authority to represent the people of Ngāti Kahungunu, and is the Governing body for all aspects of Iwi development. This site includes information on governance, operations, our people, and events.
Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is the complete guide to our peoples, environment, history, culture and society. Te Ara also includes the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, containing the life stories of over 3,000 people.
Te Kāhui Māngai is a useful tool for anyone to find out basic information about iwi, hapū and marae. Te Kāhui Māngai gives information on iwi identified in the Māori Fisheries Act 2004, and those iwi/hapū that have begun the process of negotiating settlement of their historical Treaty of Waitangi claims; this includes their rohe, hapū, marae, and the organisations whose mandates to represent these iwi/hapū have been recognised by the New Zealand Government.
The 28th Māori Battalion site covers a range of topics from the Battalion's formation in 1939 to its eventual disbandment in 1946. Topics include: about the 28th, call to arms, Greece and Crete, desert fighters, Italian campaign, life in the battalion, home front, after the war, battalion diary and letters.
Other Useful Resources:
- Iwi Hapū Names List - search to find standardised terms for iwi and hapū in New Zealand.
- Whakapapa - an introductory resource from University of Auckland.
- Whakapapa Club - main Māori genealogy site on the net and your first stop for finding whakapapa.
- Whakapapa Māori - Māori genealogy resources and information.
- Whakapapa Research Guide - introduction to whakapapa research from Auckland Libraries.