PAPAHIA HONE TANA - 1905 ------ 1912
edmondsallan - I am still on " old faithful " She is as fast as any machine today ( and she knows it ) The computer company in Henderson . Waitakere city.nz -- made these special computers .They cost more but had a great reputation for speed & reliability . " Old faithful " is one of the last four ( 4 ) they made. They got gobbled up and closed down by some overseas outfit . Just thought I would tell you a little about her .This her ancestry - & she comes from well made stock .
" Papahia and Hawkins " , travelled to the Melanesian islands in 1907, to examine the feasibility of Maori clergy becoming teachers for the Melanesian mission. Papahia was the second known Maori clergyman to visit Melanesia, after Henare Wiremu Taratoa, who accompanied Bishop G. A. Selwyn in 1852. The two missionaries recommended that the Reef Islets in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) be established as the base for future Maori missions, after deciding that the islands met adequate standards of health, food, language and 'friendliness'. A permanent Maori mission was never established, but Maori clergy have continued to visit the islands.
At the invitation of the bishop of Christchurch, Churchill Julius, in December 1911, Papahia conducted a mission among the Maori people of the Christchurch diocese. Details of his movements are not known, although it is reported that his visit proved to be very productive.
On his return to Waiparera, Papahia became ill; he died on 9 February 1912 and was buried on 14 February. There is no evidence that he married. Many tributes extolling his life's work in the church began to appear. St Barnabas' Church at Peria, Northland, was dedicated to his memory, as were memorial stones at Te Kao and Gisborne. In 1914 a stained glass window dedicated to his memory was placed in St Mary's Cathedral, Auckland. Standing just inside the gateway to the Ripeka Tapu Church and cemetery at Waiparera is an imposing four-metre-tall monument, comprising an obelisk of brown-flecked marble supporting a white marble angel. The east-facing side contains Papahia's epitaph, the north depicts his church career. Papahia's epitaph, in poetic Maori, eulogises his standing as spiritual leader and churchman in his own Maori community. Bishop Cowie wrote of Papahia in 1892: 'He is most humble, is a man of stainless life and of entire devotion to his calling.' It is truly amazing what many of the old families in northland achieved . And most of it was to benefit their fellow man .
Yes , I know . We certainly had our ' baddies ' to . Some of you may be thinking - to much of their life's history is being printed in these journals . You could be right . I think I said it before . To get a mental picture of an ancester & their lives ,we need to know a bit about them. In general this is the unknown part of our ancestry. Finding and doing their ancestral flow charts in most cases has already been done & you only have to find it .
Till we meet again -Regards - edmondsallan