Whakapapa registration

Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Inc. is the legal representative of Kāti Māhaki ki Makaawhio, the hapū holding mana whenua for the southern half of Te Tai o Poutini (West Coast, South Island). It has legal identity under the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Act 1996 as one of the 18 constituent papatipu rūnanga of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

As we are an incorporated society, in order to become a member you must be able to meet the membership criteria set out in the Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Inc. Rules, 2001, 5(a)–(b).

Am I eligible to register with Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Inc?

Membership is open to those able to prove direct descent from any of the Kāti Māhaki tīpuna as follows: Te Koeti Tūranga, Kinihe te Kaoho, Kere Tūtoko, Rāwiri Mokohuruhuru, Parata Tiraahiahi, Pori, Hunia, Te Kuini, Rora, Te Kou, as listed by James McKay in 1860 as the original owners of the Mahitahi and Makaawhio reserved lands in the Bruce Bay district, and including descendants of the tīpuna Tūtoko and Hinepare (Membership clause, Te Rūnanga o Makawhio Inc. Rules, 2001).

Registration process

To register, you must complete a Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Inc. Application for Registration form, which can be obtained either by mail, in person from our office, or by the following download:

Application for Registration form (604 KB)

Owing to the requirement for signatures, this form cannot be completed electronically.

If you are not familiar with your whakapapa or unable to complete these details fully, we ask that you complete as much information as you are able, sign the form and send it to the office. We will contact you to discuss the form on receipt and forward any additional whakapapa information to you.

Please post completed forms to:

Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio Membership
Po Box 225
Hokitika 7842

Rūnanga process

After an application is received it will then be assessed for eligibility and once it is signed off, you will receive confirmation of registration and be added to our database.

Please note: No application is accepted until its authenticity has been verified. Although few, there have been instances where we have had to decline registration with the rūnanga. This has generally occurred as a result of insufficient or incorrect whakapapa details.


The rūnanga membership is held on an electronic database. No whakapapa is stored on the computer, only relevant details such as name, age, occupation, contact details, etc. The database provides a mail link between Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio and its members.

It is vitally important that the database be kept as accurate and up to date as is possible. Registered members notifying our office with change of address, occupation, births, and family bereavements will ensure that our records remain current.

Contact the office if you have any questions.

Are you registered with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (TRoNT)?

Visit Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu's whakapapa registration web page.

Last modified: 15 October 2013

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