COOPER -WILLIAM TURAKIUTA - 1932 ------ 1942
edmondsallan - hello -- " Whina Te Wake " became his adviser at Hokianga and she in turn valued his knowledge of farming, public service procedure and legislation. Later she began accompanying him on inspection tours of the Northland land development schemes. Her husband, Richard Gilbert, died in March 1935 and after his death William and Whina asked Maggie Cooper if she would agree to a separation, which she did: there were no children of the marriage and Whina was pregnant to William.There was considerable opposition to the proposed marriage from the community at Panguru where Whina lived: she was a prominent Catholic and respected tribal leader and William was already married. The couple had to leave Panguru and went to live near Whangarei. William continued to work for the Native Department and he and Whina later lived in Otiria. They had two sons and two daughters. Judge Acheson and Apirana Ngata visited them as before, and they were involved in electoral work for Tau Henare. They were active on the Tokerau District Rugby Football Committee and attended weekend race meetings.
In 1941 William and Maggie Cooper were divorced and the Catholic church found grounds to annul their marriage. William had previously been an Anglican and now became a Catholic. The couple were married in the meeting house at Otiria on 21 February 1941; they then lived at Te Karaka, where Whina had been born, and William in 1942, travelled to and from his work in Whangarei. " Whina's " husband was also a futuristic thinker . I think also all their lives , both had been had been wrapped in Politics , Leadership . looking after Maori people's interests , Both had big shoulders to surport each other when the going got tough . They remind me of that saying " When the going gets tough -- the tough get going " till we meet again - regards -edmondsallan