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 2021, the Tribal Register has 27,601 members (2020: 25,420).
This is an increase of 2,201 members over the past 12 months.
In the 2018 Census NZ statistics noted a 30% increase from 2013 Census NZ data.
Those affiliated to Ngāti Maniapoto are: 45,930 compared to 35,358 in 2013.
All descendants of Maniapoto are encouraged to register on the Maniapoto Tribal Register. By doing so, you have the right to stand as an 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.
Being on the Maniapoto tribal register is very important because it is our main communication link with you and gives you a direct say in decisions that affect you and your whanau.