Te Oti (George) Katene & Te Aroha Maraea (Rose) Poeneke Katene

Ko Tainui te waka - Ko Whitireia te maunga

Ko Parirua te moana

Ko Takapuwahia te marae - Ko Ngatitoa te iwi

Ko Te Rauparaha te tangata

Wikitoria Te Huru Huru    

Waari Kerehoma

Te Oti  Kerei

Amiria Maud

Te Aroha Maraea


Tiripa Puti

Te Puoho

Hareti Karani

There were 14 children in all.  Those who are on this chart are those who lived into “our time” and who we knew or were part of our lives via a photograph as with Te Oti Kerei (Uncle George)   More detailed genealogical charts will be added into the site later

- Atarangi Clothier Katene


“Papa” is anything broad, flat and hard such as a flat rock, a slab or a board.  “whakapapa” is to place in layers, lay one upon another.  Hence the term “whakapapa” is used to describe both the recitation in proper order of genealogies, and also to name the genealogies.  The visualisation is of building layer by layer upon the past towards the present, and on into the future. 

The “whakapapa” include not just the genealogies but the many spiritual, mythological and human stories that flesh out the genealogical backbone.  Due to the modern practice of writing whakapapa from the top of the page to the bottom the visualisation seems to be slowly changing to that of European genealogy, of “descending” from our ancestors. 

The maori term for descendant is “uri”, but its more precise meaning in terms of maori mental processes is “offspring” or “issue”.  The term, “uri” I think has been caught in translation and modern times.  Many refer to “uri” as those who are the bloodline, others as those who hold the stories and the genealogy.  Those who can stand as representatives of those who have passed away. 

The term, “Te Here Tangata”, literally The Rope of Mankind, is also used to describe genealogy.  Visualise yourself with your hand on this rope which stretches into the past for fifty or so generations that you can see, back from there to the instant of Creation, and on into the future for at least as long.  In this modern world of short term political, social, economic and business perspectives, and instant consumer gratification, “Te Here Tangata” is a humbling concept.  From the concept of “Te Here Tangata”, one can establish their place in the universe.  You are the essence of all that has gone before you and all that is to come. 

The recitation of “whakapapa” is a critical element in establishing identity – and the phrase Ko (enter name) au’ (I am [enter name]) is in fact the personal statement that incorporates (by implication) over 25 generations of heritage.  Experts in “Whakapapa”  are able to trace and recite a lineage not only through the many generations in a linear sense, but also between such generations in a lateral sense.

It’s this that makes us a tribal people, we share the same stories as well as the same genealogy – and that’s what “whakapapa” is all about.  -  Atarangi Katene Clothier, 9.7.2010