Holdaway, Hubert Reginald

Hubert Reginald Holdaway was born at Lower Moutere, near Motueka, on 18 January 1896, the 10th of 12 children of Henry Oscar Holdaway and his wife, Jane Edwards. His parents were...

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James, Jimmy

Jimmy James, the man who taught thousands of Wellingtonians the art of ballroom dancing, was born Dimitrios Skafidas in Athens, Greece, on 15 February 1915. He was one of six...

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White, Harold Temple

Harold Temple White was born in Laceby, Lincolnshire, England, on 24 December 1881, the son of Emma Jane Wales and her husband, John Hobson White, a grocer. The family were...

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Cameron, Duncan Alexander

Duncan Alexander Cameron is said to have been born on 19 December 1808, the son of Sir John and Lady Cameron. His mother's birth name was Brock. Duncan Cameron's forebears...

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McArthur, Neil

Neil McArthur was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 19 March 1898, the son of George McArthur, a blacksmith, and his wife, Margaret McTavish, a dressmaker. He emigrated to New Zealand...

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Hall, Kathleen Anne Baird

Kathleen Anne Baird Hall was born in Napier on 4 October 1896, the fifth child in a family of seven. Her father, Thomas Hall, was the district land registrar in Napier; her...

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Marion du Fresne, Marc Joseph

Marc Joseph Marion du Fresne was baptised on 22 May 1724 at St Malo, Brittany, France. His exact date of birth is unknown. He was the son of Marie Séraphique Le Fer and her...

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Pearce, Edna Bertha

Edna Bertha Pearce was born at Christchurch on 26 March 1906, the daughter of Lucy Elliott Allison and her husband, Ernest Walter Pearce, a farmer. She attended St Albans School...

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Taipari, Nuka

Nuka Taipari belonged to Ngati He, a hapu of Ngai Te Rangi of Tauranga. He was the principal chief of Maungatapu pa in the 1830s and 1840s. He is known mostly from references in...

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Te Pēhi Kupe

Te Pehi Kupe was born at Kāwhia. He was the elder son of Toitoi and was descended in the senior line from Toa Rangatira, the eponymous ancestor of Ngāti Toa. His mother was...

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Whiteley, John

John Whiteley was born at Kneesall, Nottinghamshire, England, the son of James Whiteley, a grocer, and his wife, Elizabeth Rainor. He was born on 20 July 1806, which was also the...

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Tūhawaiki, Hone

Tūhawaiki, known as Hone or John Tūhawaiki, and called 'Bloody Jack' by the sealers of Foveaux Strait, was the leader of Ngāi Tahu in Murihiku (the southern part of the...

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Williams, William Leonard

William Leonard Williams, known as Leonard Williams to Pakeha and as Mita Renata to Maori, was born at Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, on 22 July 1829. He was the third...

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Devanny, Jean

Jane Crook was born on 7 January 1894 in Ferntown, near Collingwood, Nelson, the eighth of ten children of Jane Appleyard and her husband, William Crook, a miner. A schoolteacher...

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Ehau, Kepa Hamuera Anaha

Kepa Hamuera Anaha Ehau was born on 5 November 1885 at Otewa, a small community south-east of Otorohanga in the King Country. At the time of Kepa’s birth Te Kooti and his Ringatu...

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Haddon, Oriwa Tahupotiki

Edward Oliver Haddon, later known as Oriwa Tahupotiki Haddon, was born at Waitotara, South Taranaki, on 7 November 1898, the eldest son of a Maori Methodist minister, Robert...

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Inglis, Lindsay Merritt

Lindsay Merritt Inglis was born at Mosgiel, Otago, on 16 May 1894, the son of James Hunter Inglis, a bank agent, and his wife, Annie Kirkland. He was educated at Waitaki Boys’...

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Wahanui Huatare

Wahanui Huatare, also known as Reihana Te Huatare, Te Reihana Whakahoehoe and Te Wahanui, was born probably in the late 1820s. He was the son of Te Ngohiteārau, also known as Te...

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Kaiwhata, Paora

Paora Kaiwhata's father, Tareahi, of Ngati Hinepare and Ngai Takaha, hapu of Ngati Kahungunu in Hawke's Bay, was living at Te Rae-o-Tahumata near Omahu when Kaiwhata was born....

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Buckman, Rosina

Rosina Buckman was born in Blenheim, New Zealand, on 16 March 1881, the second child of Henrietta Matilda Chuck, a skilled singer and organist, and her carpenter husband, John...

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