Rāranga maunga, tū tonu, tū tonu
You have gone but your mountain is everlasting
As the framework that connects us from the past, and to the future, whakapapa is a critical base for Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō for people to understand where they come from and how they link to each other.
Practically, as pressure for registration of membership is likely to grow, it is important to have a credible and widely accepted whakapapa available for validation purposes.
We intend to create a new role to lead whakapapa research. This will involve consolidating the work done to date and the whakapapa we already have, and building on this by filling in gaps we know about, and identifying any deficiencies that we may be unaware of.
Within a year:
Within five years we will have: