'''The Paiwei ''[paɪ y]'' family''' of the 26th century was a family known most for their military service, culminating most in Waimarie Paiwei, a decorated Human-Covenant War special forces soldier. The Paiwei family had maintained a long standing tradition of public service over the course of several centuries, both as civilian leadership, teaching, policing, but often military service. Nikau Paiwei, father of [[Waimarie_Paiwei|Waimarie]], instilled this fervor for service as children when he spoke of the family's warrior history, claiming that the family had served in "every conflict placed before them."
== Family History ==
=== Early History ===
The Paiwei family is a majority ethnic Māori, with some English ancestry. Tracing their lineage to the Ngāi Tahu Iwi (or tribe) of the South Island of New Zealand. All members of the Ngāi Tahu Iwi are able to trace their traditional lineage to Tahupōtiki of the Ngāti Porou. As of the 26th century, the Paiwei family had lived in New Zealand for roughly 1200 years.
* Christopher Tangaroa Paiwei 2399-2476, UNSC Army Sergeant Reservist, Mayor of Christchurch
=== Contemporary Family History ===
|caption= The Paiwei family long felt a particular connection to the Matau symbol.}}