Many Pākehā whalers in the Cook Strait area before 1840 married Māori women. Worser Heberley, who worked out of Te Awaiti in Tory Channel, married Te Wai Nahi, a prominent Te Āti Awa woman from the Kāpiti Coast. Some of the descendants of their two daughters and six sons still live in the Marlborough Sounds.
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