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Understanding written whakapapa  

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shopey OWC
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Does anyone know who to contact to get help understanding written whakapapa. I have whakapapa but I do not know how to read it or understand it. Thanks a lot.

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Posted : 29 March, 2007 3:02 pm
tane_ariki OWC
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hey shopey, which iwi are you from? Are the documents written in te reo?

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Posted : 29 March, 2007 3:39 pm
tane_ariki OWC
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The reasons why I ask those questions is because you don't want that whakapapa to fall into the wrong hands. You also want to make sure that the person's reo is good enough to handle the sentence structuring.

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Posted : 29 March, 2007 3:41 pm
shopey OWC
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Hey tane ariki,

thanks for that. I am Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Porou - possibly I have further whakapapa links but they are in the documents. The document was prepared over time by my grandmother and sent to all the whanau. I have no Te Reo, and come from a closed adoption into a pakeha family. I am gradually trying to reconnect. The documents read a little like a family tree but not in the pakeha manner, far more complex.

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Posted : 29 March, 2007 3:52 pm
tane_ariki OWC
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so it is written in te reo Maori?

I'd like to help you out, but I'd prefer it if someone from Ngati Porou/Ngati Kahungunu would help you since this is important information.

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Posted : 29 March, 2007 3:58 pm
shopey OWC
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Thank you, I understand what you mean. This document is written is te reo primarily, with some English.

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Posted : 30 March, 2007 1:12 pm
Nani OWC
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kia ora shopey,
Firstly, you need to contact family elders from both your parents side of the family. You need names e kare.
Good luck!!

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Posted : 13 April, 2007 11:01 pm
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