Registering As a Beneficiary

Maintaining an accurate Beneficiary Roll is one of the core functions of the Ngāti Koata Trust, which is the representative body of the Ngāti Koata iwi.

To be accepted on to the Beneficiary Roll you need to provide a full account of your whakapapa. This requires you to identify your ancestors – parent(s), grandparent(s) and great grandparents through to a known Ngāti Koata tupuna.

The list of Ngāti Koata tūpuna comes from:

  • The Ngāti Koata owners of Rangitoto (Native Land Court – Nelson Minute Book 1, Page 28, dated Tuesday 20th November 1883)

  • The Ngāti Koata original owners in the Tenths Reserves (Native Land Court Nelson Minute Book 3, pages 46 – 57, 24 November 1892), or The Ngāti Koata Nelson Tenth’s owners alive in 1893 (Native Land Court – Nelson Minute Book 3, Page 268-279 dated 31st July 1895)

  • Sec 34 Native Land Claims Adjustment and Laws Amendment Act 1901

  • Special Resolution of the Board


Validation and Confirmation

All registration applications must be validated by the Ngāti Koata Trust before final acceptance. Once validated, confirmation of your registration will be sent to you, along with your Ngāti Koata Trust membership registration number.

Where an application for registration is declined the applicant may appeal that decision.

Once you have been accepted on to the Beneficiary Roll we undertake to inform you of iwi matters and to give you the opportunity to participate in iwi decision-making processes.

We ask that you please keep your membership details, including email and phone contacts, up to date so that we are able to keep you informed of all iwi matters.

How To Apply

To apply to become a member/beneficiary of the Ngāti Koata Trust, download and complete this membership application form and send it in to us via email or mail.  Or visit us in the office and fill out the application form.

Or you can apply online by clicking the tab below.

Please note – you will need to submit a copy of your birth certificate (or similar identification confirming your birth details)

Our apologies – online registration is currently  not available.  Please download the registration form and forward to the Trust Office either via:

Email – or

Post – PO Box 1659, NELSON 7040

Update Your Contact Details

If you are already registered with Ngāti Koata Trust and need to update your contact details please fill in the fields below. Your date of birth will be used to confirm that it is YOUR details we will be changing. An email or letter will be sent to you to confirm the changes. Ngāti Koata Trust will in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy Act 2020, make available to you upon request the personal information it holds on you and will make any appropriate corrections to that information to ensure that the information held is accurate.