The Maniapoto Māori Trust Board (Māori Trust Boards Act 1955) and Maniapoto Fisheries Trust (Māori Fisheries Act 2004) are required in its Deed to maintain a database of registered beneficiaries who whakapapa to Ngāti Maniapoto me ona hapū maha. We refer to the database as the Maniapoto Tribal Register.
As at September 2019, the Tribal Register had 24,500 members (2018: 22,879). This is an increase of 1,621 members over the past 12 months.
The 2013 Census NZ statistics note that 35,358 of Māori in Aotearoa identified as Maniapoto. The figures also tell us that over 80% of the Maniapoto population live outside of the rohe, and that does not include the many tribal members who live abroad, particularly in Australia.
All descendants of Maniapoto are encouraged to register on the Maniapoto Tribal Register. By doing so, you have the right to stand as a MMTB Trustee, cast votes at MMTB Tri-ennial Elections, cast votes for Iwi special resolutions, be eligible to apply for annual Grants or Scholarships and participate in MMTB activities.