COOPER -WILLIAM TURAKIUTA - 1942 --- 1949
edmondsallan - Hello - when I look at this story of two people , growing together in a very large world which they were yet to know fully .
From the seeds grows the trees . How very true . By the way I might have forgotten to mention we are related by marriage to the Cooper's of Hokianga . Quite easy to trace . Give it a go ! .
" Hohepine ( Whina ) Gilbert ( nee te Wake )" 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.Whina 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. 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 .William continued commuting and on one occasion was seriously injured when his car went off the road during a storm. In addition to his work, he managed Whina's farms and in the late 1940s the couple bought the 124-acre farm Tautoro from its Pakeha owner. William's twin brother, Eru, and his family came to live at Panguru on the Tautehere property, which Whina had bought in the 1920s.The Coopers campaigned for a district high school for the area and Whina donated six acres of flat land at Panguru as the site for the school. After the government could not be persuaded to build more than a one-roomed school on the site, it was decided to move the local Catholic primary school there. At Panguru, when the school was being moved, William died suddenly on 4 August 1949. Whina recalled that earlier that night he had arranged his Maori and history books on shelves for his elder son to read.
William Cooper was of slight build and had a cast in one eye. He was held in high esteem for his work on the Maori land development schemes. At the time of his death he was a member of the Hokianga County Council. There was a large and representative gathering at his funeral and King Koroki later attended the unveiling of a memorial to him at Nahareta cemetery. I have found the knowledge on the
" Cooper's " is just like real life with it's up's and down's. Life does not always run in a direct line to the end , and most times it is going all over the place . I think that what makes life interesting ( #`* ? --- at times !!! Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan