PAPAHIA HONE TANA - 1856 ------- 1905
edmondsallan- Good morning - I thought we should get to know our home -ground ( Northland ) a liitle more. No that's not right. I was playing games & having a bit of fun with " Old faithful " Late yesterday . She just loves all the attention & loves to show off with speed & memory. Its no wonder Viruses don't attack Her . I think when they built her she wanted to be 95 % ' Apple ' .After our play together ( no I'm not going senile ------- yet!) I hit the research button for Northland .' Old smarty pants ', decided to show me what she had not only on "Northland " But right across NZ. I can see I might have to be hit the " ton " ( 100 -yrs ) to get this out to you all .Oh she's cunning !!! she's blinking at me . Its her way of telling me to shut up and get under way . PLus - " Use me ! me ! me ! " not that other -- ' THING !!! ' Better do as she says - just to keep her happy . OK ! we are under way !
" Hone Tana Papahia "' was born probably sometime between 1856 and 1859 at Orongotea, on the north-west shoreline of the Hokianga Harbour. His father was Wiremu Tana Papahia; his mother's name is not known. Papahia was baptised Hone Wepiha (John Webster) after an early nineteenth century European settler, but 'Wepiha' was later replaced by the family name 'Tana' and he became known as Hone Tana Papahia. His descent lines were through Te Horohuhare and Ngati Haua hapu of Te Rarawa of north Hokianga. He was also kin to Nga Puhi through his descent from Tupoto. Both his father and his paternal grandfather, Papahia, were signatories to the Treaty of Waitangi at Mangungu mission station in 1840.This family became well known in Hokianga region
Papahia attended the Native Teachers' Institute at the Kaitaia mission station, then in 1884 enrolled at the Church Missionary Society's theological centre for Maori students, Te Rau College, at Gisborne. Under the tutelage of Archdeacon W. L. Williams and his nephew, the Reverend A. O. Williams, he received instruction on Scripture, church history and doctrine, liturgy and general subjects.
On Sunday 27 March 1887 in St George's Church at Thames, Papahia was admitted to deacon's orders by the bishop of Auckland, W. G. Cowie. At 3 p.m. that day he preached his first sermon at the Holy Trinity Church, Parawai. In May 1888 Papahia and the Reverend Wiki Te Paa conducted a mission in the Waikato to examine the extent of Hauhauism among the people following the wars of the 1860s. Areas visited were Tapapa, Waotu, Parawera, Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Taupiri and Pukekawa. They found the people receptive to their overtures, resulting in a recommendation that Waotu and Otorohanga be established as bases for ministry in Waikato. On Sunday 10 January 1892, Papahia was admitted to the priesthood by Bishop Cowie at St Mary's Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland. He was to be based at Waiparera, his home parish, and his stipend rose from 50 to 60 annually. In 1903 he acted as bishop's chaplain at the consecration of the new bishop of Auckland, Dr M. R. Neligan, at St Mary's Cathedral. Papahia was appointed assistant superintendent of the Maori mission under Archdeacon H. A. Hawkins in 1905. Around this time stipends of the Maori clergy rose to 70 per annum. That is a huge area to cover . Remember no car !!! and the roads were just metal tracks or dirt .You can see how fast
" Old faithful" is . ( she justs loves getting praise . ) Till we meet again - Regards -edmondsallan