MAIHI -REHUTAI ( NATHAN ) 1895 -- 1935- NGA - PUHI - WHANGAREI - NZ
edmondsallan - Hello - This woman of high maori ranking , was no relation to the Jewish , Nathans . The " Nathan " was one of her father's middle names she used at times as a surname
Nga Puhi woman of mana, journalist, newspaper publisher and editor, political candidate, community leader
Rehutai Maihi was the elder of two daughters of Te Paea Nehua and her husband, Netana (Nathan) Maihi, a bushman descended from Nga Puhi leader Patuone. She was born on 16 September 1895 at Whakapara, near Whangarei. Her father died when she was young, and after her mother's second marriage, to Wereta Arama (Adams), she gained two half-sisters and a half-brother. The family was Anglican, and Rehutai attended Queen Victoria School for Maori Girls, probably for two years, enrolling in 1911. She was good at sports, including golf, tennis and horse-riding, and was an accomplished pianist and vocalist.
Rehutai Maihi trained as a compositor for the newspaper printing trade in Whangarei and later Kaitaia, and soon moved into journalism. She acted on several occasions as editor of the Northlander newspaper during the 1920s while its owner, Allen Bell, was in Parliament. She also wrote for the Kawakawa Luminary , and the Northland Age , becoming well known in the north under the pen-name 'Nellie Nathan'.
In June 1932, with approval from Whangarei elders, she launched a Maori-language newspaper, Aotearoa. She invited contributions and included the text of the Treaty of Waitangi in the first issue. Aotearoa was unusual at the time because unlike other Maori-language newspapers it was not supported by one of the established churches. It was printed in the office of the Mirror , a short-lived Whangarei newspaper for which she was then working. She described herself as 'editor and publisher', using the names Rehutai Netana and Nell Rehutai Nathan. Aotearoa began as a weekly, but issues became less frequent. By December 1932 Rehutai was producing it at Whakapara, in smaller format, with a press she claimed was used for the Treaty of Waitangi. The newspaper temporarily ceased publication about mid 1933. On 13 November that year she married Stanley Gilberd, a divorced 43-year-old boring contractor, at Ruawai. They had one child, a daughter. Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan