Story: Ngā mahi tika

Explaining whakapapa

Tom Roa, an elder of Ngāti Matakore, a sub-tribe of Ngāti Maniapoto of the King Country, explains his descent from Maniapoto, the founding ancestor of his tribe. Knowledge of whakapapa (genealogy) remains deeply important to many Māori, as a fundamental element of personal identity.

A translation of Mr Roa's words is:

With reference to my ancestor Maniapoto: Tūrongo journeyed to the East Coast to Māhinaarangi and from their union was born Raukawa. Raukawa married Tūrongoihi and begat Rereahu. Te Ihingārangi is the offspring of Rereahu’s first marriage, from whom descend those of our senior relatives within Ngāti Raukawa and Ngati Hauā. However as for me, my association lies with Maniapoto. Rereahu’s second wife was Hineaupounamu and they begat me, Maniapoto. I greet you.

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How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Ngā mahi tika - Kinship, families and marae', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2022)

Story by Mark Derby, published 5 Sep 2013