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Whakapapa is about people: it is a link to
tūpuna, to heritage, to identity. For Māori it is a
taonga, and for many it is also tapu.
There are many reasons why people search for
whakapapa was entrusted orally to a member of the
whānau selected to be its
kaitiaki. Today, whakapapa records can be found in various written sources as well as with whānau members. Knowing where or how to start is often the biggest challenge.
Māori attending a sitting of the Māori Land Court - Lake Taupō, 1914
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