Counting our Tūpuna

NIDEA Researcher:

Tahu Kukutai


Marsden Fund


2017 - 2020

About the research:

'Counting our tūpuna' investigates the impacts of land alienation and settlement on Māori population size, structure and survivorship during the peak decades of colonisation. Working alongside Ngāti Tiipa, a Waikato hapū, the project combines family reconstitution methods, oral history, and whakapapa knowledge to try and identify all Ngāti Tīpa tūpuna (ancestors) between 1840 and 1900. It is the first attempt at full population reconstruction in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The interdisciplinary project team includes Professor Kukutai, historian Dr. Nepia Mahuika, anthropologist Dr. Des Kahotea, statistician Dr. John Bryant, technologist Vanessa Clark, kaumātua Karu Kukutai, kaiarahi/facilitator Heeni Kani and MA student Denise Ewe.