The Waikato-Tainui Tribal Register is a database of tribal members who whakapapa to one or more of the 33 hapuu and 68 Marae of Waikato-Tainui.

By registering with Waikato-Tainui you

  1. Declare yourself as a tribal member
  2. Can access education and charitable purposes grants distributed by us
  3. Are able to have a say on tribal issues; and
  4. Can stand for election to the tribe’s parliament, Te Kauhanganui

Registration allows us to:

  1. Keep you informed about tribal news, events and activities
  2. Calculate marae dividends, which are paid annually and based on the number of tribal members registered with each marae
  3. Contact you with employment and training opportunities

Download a PDF of the Waikato-Tainui Registration form here.

Note: Submitting a registration form does not automatically mean you are registered. All requests for registration have to be verified before we can enter any information into our tribal register.

Frequently asked questions

How do I register?

Registration forms can be downloaded or you can pick one up from our offices on 4 Bryce Street, Hamilton.

What information do I need?

The main information required, besides your personal details, is the tuupuna or ancestor(s) that connects you to one of the 33 hapuu and 68 Marae. This is explained in more detail on the registration form.

Does registration with Waikato-Tainui mean I can’t register with another iwi?

No, if your whakapapa supports affiliation to another iwi, you can register with that iwi too.

Can I apply for a grant without being registered?

No, you must first be registered as a tribal member before you can apply for any grants or scholarships.

Is information contained on the tribal register supplied to anyone else?

Waikato-Tainui has a strict privacy policy that means your details are kept safe and secure. Your details will only be shared with your Marae, unless you indicate that you want your information kept confidential. We do not provide tribal members’ information to any outside party.