Online hui to discuss Tīpuna Guide

Posted on 16 May 2021

Online hui to discuss Tīpuna Guide

Following years of research and mahi by our whakapapa experts, the iwi Trusts last month approved a Tīpuna Guide to help iwi members register to known tīpuna with surviving lines.

Why have we developed a Tīpuna Guide?

Firstly, to help whānau register. Our application process and register need to be compliant with our Treaty Settlement Legislation and Trust Deeds. The Tīpuna Guide assists this. The Tīpuna Guide provides a list of known surviving lines from the Pūaha te Rangi Hapū from the West Coast (Buller, Tasman) and the Tarakaipa Hapū from Te Tauihu (the northern South Island – Marlborough, Nelson, Tasman). These tīpuna exercised their customary rights predominantly in relation to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō in our Area of Interest any time after February 6, 1840.

How was the list developed?

The list was developed from evidence presented to the Waitangi Tribunal and in the course of Treaty Negotiations. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō participated in the Waitangi Tribunal hearing for all iwi claims with interests in the northern South Island / Te Tauihu. The claims were heard between August 2000 and March 2004. The Tribunal released preliminary reports in 2007 and a final report in November 2008. We were engaged in the Treaty Negotiation process between 2005 and 2010, when we signed a Deed of Settlement which was legislated in 2014. The Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Tīpuna Guide is made up of the tīpuna identified in our claims and settlement.

Where can I get a copy? 

A copy of the Tīpuna Guide is available on our website or you can request an electronic copy from the office. Email

How can I learn more? 

We are holding a series of online hui with Whakapapa Advisor Mark Moses for whānau interested in learning more about the Tīpuna Guide. These will involve a 20- to 30-minute presentation, followed by a Q&A session. These will be held online for each hapū via Zoom and will take place on the following dates:

• Monday, June 14 at 8.30pm (Pūaha te Rangi hapū)

• Tuesday, June 15 at 8.30pm (Tarakaipa hapū)

• Wednesday, June 16 at 8.30pm (Pūaha te Rangi hapū)

• Thursday, June 17 at 8.30pm (Tarakaipa hapū)

Note, you must have Zoom downloaded on your device/computer. For those who do not have Zoom we will be providing a live Zoom hui at both the Nelson and Blenheim offices on:

• Sunday, June 20, at 5pm (Tarakaipa and Pūaha te Rangi hapū)


Members interested just need to register by emailing and we will send you a link. Or feel free give us a call on 0800 578 900.

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