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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 and highly recognised and respected within Tainui waka. His name is Sonny Rauwhero. Matua Sonny confirmed with me that he would be highly honoured to be kaumātua to the NZSG Inc Māori Interest Group for the Auckland area in the first instance and where he may be able to support us within other areas relevant to the kaupapa and tikanga of Māori identity within whakapapa and the inter connection to genealogy.

 Noho ora mai ra,


Kaumātua are respected tribal elders of either gender in a Māori community who have been involved with their whānau for a number of years. They are appointed by their people who believe the chosen elders have the capacity to teach and guide both current and future generations. Kaumatua have good knowledge of Tikanga, history, and Te Reo; and their contribution ensures that the mana of the whānau, hapu, and iwi are maintained.  Barlow (1994) refers to Kaumatua as being the "keepers of knowledge and traditions of the family, sub-tribe and tribe".

Committee - Celia Geary

I married Bill 51 years ago and we had 4 children. Our eldest son was on the Trust board of the Puniho Marae in Taranaki, but he resigned as he now lives in Vanouver, Canada.
I am a 4th generation New Zealander of Scottish and English heritage but I am very conscious of my children and grandchildren's Maori heritage and having been brought up among Maori as a child I have adopted the kawa as mine, through my husband's inheritance.
I will do all I can to further the Maori Interest Group's aims.
Celia Geary. 

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 of Genealogists.


Research - Lorraine Rice

LORRAINE.JPGLorraine Rice - I was born in New Zealand with Ngapuhi-Kapotai, Irish, Welsh, English blood ties with affiliation by marriage to Ngati Whatua-Te Uri O Hau.


Sec/Treas - Brenda Joyce

I am at present in my second year as a member of Council with responsibilities for writing Keeping In Touch, Policies and Procedures, Council Representative for the Lower North Island and genealogy for Maori and other ethnic groups. 

I have been on the Maori Interest Group committee for ten years as Secretary and Treasurer and have found this to be most rewarding and satisfying work.  I enjoy speaking to Branches about whakapapa research, writing articles for Bruce to include in Te Reo and, with assistance from Lorraine Rice, answering members’ research questions.  Perhaps my proudest achievement was my contribution to writing and promoting our whakapapa research guide.  To date we have sold in excess of 1,000 copies.

Brenda JOYCE #13868

I am English by birth and ancestry but with affiliation by marriage to Ngapuhi-Ngati Toro

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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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