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
There are many reasons why people search for whakapapa today:
Traditionally whakapapa was entrusted orally to a member of the whānau selected to be its caretaker.
Snapshots of Māori attending a sitting of the Māori Land Court - Lake Taupō, 1914
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