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My Dad’s family taonga – Potae Taua The picture below is of my father’s family taonga – a potae taua made for and gifted to my great grandfather, Francis Creighton sometime prior to 1900.   
Auckland Family History Expo – 11th to 13th August 2017 Auckland City Council Libraries along with the NZSG Computing Genealogy Group once again hosted this event at the Fickling Centre, Three Kings, Auckland over the past weekend.
A GRANDMOTHER REMEMBERS I came across the below article recently and thought it was a fascinating account of interaction between early settlers and local Māori  —I wish I had such an account in my own family history—Ed
Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings, Auckland
12th—14th August

NZSG Maori

The idea of a Māori Interest Group under the umbrella of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists was first conceived by Julie Barlow and Lynn Richards in 1993 and the group was official ratified by the NZSG on Saturday the 3rd December 1994, becoming Special Interest Group Number 76 of the NZSG.

Since this time the group has gone through many changes and today has grown into a strong, well organized group of dedicated volunteers and members. Our aim is to advise others researching their Māori Whakapapa by way of sharing our accumulated knowledge of areas of research and to compile a list of books and repositories that will assist others with their Māori research.

As volunteers, we are not in a position to undertake research for individuals but we do offer assistance and advice to others as a means to further their own research. Included in this sphere the MIG has produced Whakapapa – An introduction to researching Māori and Pākehā-Māori families, their history, heritage and culture which is sold at a modest price by our group, with all proceeds being used to acquire further research material for the benefit of all.

* Membership of the Māori Interest Group is available to individual financial members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. Our newsletter Te Reo is published online in February, May, August and November each year. For our members without internet access or for those who prefer a hardcopy issue, upon receipt of an annual Koha and four Stamped Self-Addressed Envelopes members can receive a hardcopy of Te Reo. Members are also actively encouraged to contribute articles and research queries for inclusion in the newsletter.

* The 2011 AGM ratified a slight change to our membership structure in that a small membership fee of $5.00 has been reinstated for non institutional members. This will take effect immediately for new members joining the Interest Group, while existing members will have their first membership fee fall due on the 1st April 2012.

Our AGM is held annually, usually in conjunction with the NZSG Conference and all members are welcome to attend and participate in these events.

In 2009 the Māori Interest Group established the concept of regular meetings, initially focused in the Auckland area but eventually planned to also include Wellington and the South Island.

For further details and up-todate membership information, please contact our secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

He aha te mea nui o te ao?  He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world?    ‘Tis people, ‘tis people, ‘tis people




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Committee Members

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Convenor - Owen Ormsby

Owen Ormsby - Of European and Māori descent, a historian and genealogist who operates his own research in private practice. He is the Convenor for the Māori Interest Group of the New Zealand Society...

Sec/Treas - Brenda Joyce

 Brenda Joyce - I joined NZSG in 1995 since when I have served as Secretary on Council for two years and a further two years as a Council Member. I was awarded the Kevin McAnulty Award in 2004. I...


Bruce Mathers - I have always had an interest in the family tree, but unfortunately it was not until after my paternal grandfather passed away in 1983 that I actually realized the wealth of information...

Research - Lorraine Rice


Research - Trevor MOSLEY

Trevor MOSLEY - Trevor joined the NZSG in 2003 and attended his first conference in Hastings in 2004 at which he promptly joined the Māori Interest Group. Trevor’s Māori interests arise through...

 Committee - Celia Geary

 Celia Geary - I joined NZSG about 1981 and my membership is No.5527. I had begun to research my husband's family before that and had found his great grandmother was Etahi Taputai of the Porikapa...

Kaumātua - Sonny Rauwhero

Kia ora koutou te whanau I am pleased to advise that we now have an ex officio Tainui Kaumātua of Renowned standing within the Tainui community of Tamaki Makaurau...


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Kia mau koe ki nga kupu o ou tupuna (hold fast to the words of your ancestors)

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Whakapapa Research Guide

WHAKAPAPA: An introduction to researching Māori and Pākehā-Māori families, their history, heritage, and culture


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Site prepared by Eduard Cowell  - 24th November 2009

Website Editor - Bruce Mathers