Auckland Libraries: Researching Iwi

Researching iwi

Te rangahau ā-iwi

Māori are unique in that they connect to a waka, whānau, hapū, and iwi.

Identify your iwi

When researching your whakapapa, it's helpful to find out from your whānau what your iwi affiliations are.

Here are some additional sources that you might like to try:

  • Māori electoral roles – from 1872 to 1969 they recorded iwi and hapū names

  • Māori birth and death certificates – recorded iwi and hapū names

  • Military records - can provide iwi, hapū, next of kin, and sometimes a will. Be aware that ages recorded on military records were not always correct

  • Māori Land Court minute books (MLCMB) - contain detailed information about Māori history, whakapapa and land. View the index to the MLCMB.


Research your iwi

Once you know your iwi affiliations you can search:


Visiting iwi marae can help provide further information and whakapapa.

Map of iwi in North Island New Zealand.

Map of iwi in South Island New Zealand.

Iwi maps

Select your iwi or hapū below and find related books in the library catalogue.


North Island

South Island