Tribal and Regional Histories
Tribal and Regional Maori Authorities and Organisations (in preparation)
Maori Land Court Minutes
LDS Genealogical Libraries
Manuscripts in Libraries
Published Journals
Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages


Tribal and Regional Histories

There are quite a large number of published histories which contain whakapapa. Follow this link for a bibliography.



Maori Land Court Minutes

The minutes of the court contain a great deal of whakapapa, which has been recorded to prove title and succession to land. Care needs to be taken, however, for there were some people who attempted to falsify whakapapa to gain land. The records of the Maori Land Court have been photocopied and are now more readily available to researchers, and are held by the National Library. The minutes have been microfilmed by the LDS Genealogical Library.

Auckland University Library


LDS Genealogical Library

The genealogical libraries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are a rich source of whakapapa. The church has the largest microfilmed collection of genealogical records in the world, and for Maori these include both family whakapapa books, and family history records lodged by church members. Branch libraries are spread throughout the country.


Manuscripts in Libraries

The major collections are held by:

Auckland Public Library
Auckland Institute Library
Polynesian Society Library, part of the Turnbull Library
Archives New Zealand
Alexander Turnbull Library, at the National Library Wellington
Hocken Library, Dunedin


Published Journals

Whakapapa has been recorded in many articles written for journals.
These are available through the library service.

The main journals are:

Journal of the Polynesian Society
Transactions of the New Zealand Institute
Transactions of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science
Te Ao Hou


Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Maori were not required by law to register births and deaths in the government system until 1913. Even after this date some were not registered.

From 1911 to 1954 a separate system of Maori registrations was maintained for marriages; and a separate system for births and deaths operated from 1913 to 1961.

Births, Deaths and Marriages Conversion Project

Major changes are afoot in the New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages registry, with a conversion project targeting 6 million records.  There will also be some changes in how services are delivered.  Click on to read more!