Te Waharoa

The father of Te Waharoa was Tangimoana of Ngāti Hauā. His mother was Te Kahurangi. The brother of Tangimoana, Taipōrutu, was killed at the gateway of Te Kawau pā, near the mouth...

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Godley, Alexander John

Alexander John Godley was born on 4 February 1867 at Gillingham, Kent, England, the son of William Alexander Godley, a captain in the British Army, and his wife, Laura Greaves...

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Best, Elsdon

Elsdon Best was born at Tawa Flat, New Zealand, on 30 June 1856, the sixth child of William Best, a farmer, and his wife, Hannah Haynes Nibbs. For the first nine years of his life...

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Te Awa-i-taia, Wiremu Nēra

Te Awa-i-taia was born probably in the late eighteenth century. His mother was Parehina, and his father was Te Kata. Most sources state that Te Awa-i-taia had nine wives,...

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Tohu Kākahi

Tohu Kākahi, whose historical importance has often been ignored, was responsible along with Te Whiti-o-Rongomai III for making the village of Parihaka in Taranaki a symbol of...

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Williams, Samuel

Samuel Williams was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, on 17 January 1822, the third child of the Anglican clergyman Henry Williams and his wife, Marianne Coldham....

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Williams, William

According to family information William Williams was born at Plumtre House, Nottingham, England, on 18 July 1800, the ninth and youngest child of Mary Marsh and her husband,...

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Te Whatanui

Te Whatanui, sometimes known as Te Whata, Toheāpare, or Toheata, was the son of Tihao of Ngāti Huia and Ngāti Parewahawaha, two hapū of Ngāti Raukawa. His mother was Pareraukawa,...

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Te Kaeaea

Te Kaeaea was a chief of Ngati Tama of northern Taranaki. He was born in the later eighteenth century; his father was Whangataki II and his mother, Hinewairoro; Te Puoho-o-te-...

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Galbraith, Alexander

Alexander Galbraith was born on 15 February 1883 at Allday, near Otepopo, Otago, the youngest son of William Galbraith and his wife, Leah Rodgers. His Scottish parents had...

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Stout, Anna Paterson

Anna Paterson Logan was born at Ferntree Cottage, Royal Terrace, Dunedin, New Zealand, on 29 September 1858, the daughter of Jessie Alexander Pollock and her husband, John Logan...

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Te Whenuanui

Te Whenuanui was born in the early nineteenth century at Maungapohatu, near Lake Waikaremoana, the son of Te Umuariki and Tikina. He belonged to the Tuhoe hapu, Te Urewera, and...

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Te Ngahuru

Te Ngahuru was born at Te Purenga, in Rūātoki, the elder of the two sons of Pāhiko (his father) and Kau (his mother). He inherited the fighting characteristics of his ancestors,...

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Allen, Frederick Richard

One of just four men to have both captained and coached the All Blacks in test matches, Fred Allen was arguably New Zealand’s best rugby coach of the amateur era. He was...

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Mason, Diana Manby

Diana Mason was one of the country’s best-known obstetricians, delivering countless babies in a medical career spanning more than 50 years. Talented and ambitious, she built...

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Patuone, Eruera Maihi

Patuone was the eldest son of Tapua, leader and tohunga of Ngāti Hao of Hokianga, and the elder brother of Nene. Through his father he was descended from Rāhiri, ancestor of...

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Te Pairi Tuterangi

Te Pairi Tūterangi was born probably in the 1840s at Maungapōhatu, in the heart of the Urewera country. Through his father, Tūterangi, he had connections to Tamakaimoana of...

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Te Ua Haumēne

Te Ua Haumēne was the founder and prophet of the Hauhau church, the first organised expression of an independent Māori Christianity. He was born into the Taranaki tribe at Waiaua...

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Mahy, Margaret May

Margaret Mahy is New Zealand’s most celebrated writer for children and young adults. In a 55-year career she published more than 120 titles: novels, picture books, short...

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Shortland, Edward

Edward Shortland was the third son of Captain Thomas George Shortland, RN, and his wife, Elizabeth Tonkin, of Courtlands, near Plymouth, England. He was baptised on 19 May 1812 at...

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