Story: Whakapapa – genealogy

Land court meeting, Palmerston North

Land court meeting, Palmerston North

Groups of Māori gather for a land court hearing in around 1881. The Native Land Court made written records of whakapapa and as a result of these transcriptions, genealogies often became fixed – rather than changing to reflect changing contexts.

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Palmerston North City Library
Reference: 2008P_Tw2-3_TWH_1918

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Whakapapa – genealogy - Scholars and whakapapa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2015