The strand of whakapapa – genealogy – weaves through Māori women educators' pedagogy. This article is based on research carried out with three eminent Māori women educators from Aotearoa New Zealand, which answered the question ‘what is Māori women educators' pedagogy?' The research used the Indigenous kaupapa Māori research methodology, which is based on Māori worldviews. From the research I developed a metaphor, which was based on a style of Māori weaving called whatu to articulate Māori women educators pedagogy. A crucial element of the metaphor was the whenu – the warp. The whenu represented tikanga – whānau and hapū values, traditions and belief systems. The data in my research, suggests that identity and in particular whakapapa, a strand of the whenu, were a fundamental aspect of Māori women educators' pedagogy. This article discusses whakapapa and its integral relationship with each of three themes of Māori women educators' pedagogy and how they interact.