Whakapapa understanding is an integral element of being Māori, but for some Māori disconnection from their whakapapa (whānau, hapū, marae, iwi or waka) is a reality. This socio-cultural study will explore the experiences of Māori as they navigate their journey of whakapapa discovery, reconnecting with whānau, marae or whenua. The proposed outcome of this doctoral work is the development of hauora strategies and an ethical framework that will guide Māori seeking reconnection to whakapapa whānau. The nuances of Māori identity will also be explored. This Kaupapa Māori focused study hopes to provide guidance to those searching for whakapapa or people supporting others who are searching.