Removal of old databases

We have started merge the older databases to create one overarching file, as part of this process we have removed the older databases from the website. Starting with the “Te Tini O Toi” file we are merging the separate databases into one file named “Full Merged Database” as we upload them back onto the website.

Part of this process is comparing birth dates between the files and matching them to each other. We then merge the corrected file into the full database and re-upload the full database to the website.

Another change is consolidating the main waka migration to a single date (1325), if you have any questions on why we have chosen to do this you can email our chief researcher, Graham Smith, by email.


On the Whakapapa Māori Charitable Trust website we list everyone’s birthdate as a multiple of 25 years (i.e. 1700, 1725, 1750, etc.) except where we know the persons date of birth.

Unless we know otherwise, we will list spouses with the same date of birth. As most spouses are only listed in most sources in relation to each other there is usually no problems, even when the relationship crosses generations.

Cross generation relationships

Cross generation relationships do happen, usually an older male with a younger female (though there is at least one relationship where a younger male marries his step-mother to inherit the chieftainship of is father.)

Where we don’t have information on the younger spouses family, the younger member is listed within the older members generation. Sometimes the younger members whakapapa is known, if this happens the spouse will be listed in the same generation as their children. This isn’t a mistake, just the solution we have come up with to keep the 25 year generation gap.

Te Tini O Toi added

In 1965 the Whakatane and District Historical Society Inc. published Te Tini O Toi by Rongowhakaata Halbert. Included were 29 whakapapa charts.

We’ve added all the information from the charts into their own database which is now available on the website.

You can go to the National Library for more information on Te Tini O Toi and how to find copies.

Differing dates of birth between whakapapa

If the same person appear’s in two different whakapapa with two different generation dates. It is because the two sources differ and work is needed to find a solution to the problem involved. For example, Hoturoa in the Tainui whakapapa is 1275, but Hoturoa in the Hauraki whakapapa is 1325. This is a common type of problem illustrating the need for more research to be done as we are trying to get the best listings rather than accept differences.

— Graham Smith

New look website

Kia ora,

If you’ve been here before you’ll notice a new look to the site, we hope you’ll enjoy the changes.

If this is the first time you’ve visited, then welcome.