Rēhitatanga | Registration 


The iwi register is a taonga and in a sense is the heart, or manawa, of our organisation. 


You can complete your registration online via MāoriMe or simply download the Registration Form, complete all sections, and send it to us by email, post or drop it into the office.  

You will need to enter details related to your Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō parent(s), grandparent(s) etc. Please complete your Ngāti Apa whakapapa only. You will also need to select a tipuna from the Tīpuna Guide.

The more information you can enter, the easier it will be for our team to validate your whakapapa and enter you on our register.

Please note that adult members aged 18 years and over must register themselves. Tamariki may be registered with their parents, guardian or caregiver. Whāngai may also apply if they are Māori and provide whakapapa of their Ngāti Apa matua/parent.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Please note that registration is essential to be eligible for grants and other assistance.

If your details change, please be sure to let us know or you can update your own details here using your MāoriMe account.  It’s important we have up-to-date records so we can let you know about events, hui and other activities and opportunities.

Finally, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō holds your information in accordance with tikanga and under strict and approved controls in order to protect your privacy. You can view both our Privacy Policy and our Whakapapa Registration Policy here.


How was the registration Tīpuna Guide made?

The Tīpuna Guide provides a list of known surviving lines from our West Coast (Buller, Tasman)-based Pūaha te Rangi Hapū and Tarakaipa Hapū from Te Tauihu (northern South Island – Marlborough, Nelson, Tasman). These tīpuna (ancestors) exercised their customary rights predominantly in relation to Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō in the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Area of Interest any time after February 6, 1840.

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.


Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō Claims and Settlement

  1. The Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō tīpuna claims from the New Zealand Company Purchases, Spain Commission, and the Nelson Tenths Court Hearings
  2. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō claims to Te Taitapu – 1852 and 1883
  3. Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō claims in the Native Land Court 1883 to 1892
  4. Te Waipounamu Purchases Claims from the 1850s
  5. 1860 Arahura Purchase Deed
  6. SILNA (South Island Landlessness Act) Scheme tīpuna who were promised land but did not receive land.



We have provided whakapapa to illustrate the relationships to significant tīpuna of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō. The whakapapa provided is to illustrate relationships between tīpuna and not necessarily tuakana and teina relationships. It is recognised that many of the tīpuna identified are also associated to other iwi. The sources of these whakapapa have been referenced.


What if my tipuna is not on the list?

We acknowledge the Guide may not include all the Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō tīpuna, or their siblings or descendants. This is a guide to help iwi members register to known tīpuna with surviving lines. You are welcome to submit an application if your tipuna is not on the list and you have information which meets the criteria for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō membership.