RUATARA -------------- NGA--PUHI
edmondsallan - Hello - Still in my Gran's hand me downs . Well-- at least this selection of them . I could not find any reference on
" Ruatara's " age or when he was born . Not in " Gran's Papers " Hang on a minute while I give " old faithful " a kick and ask her . -------------------- Nope - " Well not exactly , but not to bad . Is that the best you got ? ? = Yes = ok thanks . ( just talking to her ) Not proven but evidence points to him being born around 1787 AD in the Bay of Islands . This looks interesting !! Their is some doubt on who his father was ??? =
( a ) " Kaparu " younger brother of the chief " Te Pahi " and mother was the sister of " Hongi Hika "
( b ) Research suggests ( I like that phrase ) that his father was " Te Aweawe " and his mother " Tauramoko "
I think we had better also look at his second marriage -->
" Ruatara " second marriage was to " Rahu " ( so Gran' says here in his notes ) Her sister married the Waikato Chief " Te Hikutu "
( ** > This could mean , our extended family of the " Edmonds " is also related to tribal affiliations in the Waikato or even further.
Wow !!!! This could mean - me - Pakeha fella is related to a lot of Maori People . further south . I know the Edmonds migrated in NZ , from Kaikohe via Auckland via Te Aroha via Gisborne / Napier . I have got a record of that somewhere all sorted out . I need to refresh the grey matter up top .! < ** )
He also married a third time - " Miki " daughter of " Waraki " ( this imfo seems to be cloudy - & not Proven and " Gran'" has put a question mark their. ) " Ruatara " also recieved from Rev Marsden a
hand operated flour mill & wheat . He showed other Chiefs in the north the value of growing wheat . He also did another trip overseas .
He arrived back in the Bay of Islands December 1814 .He was given " Poultry / a horse / a cow / seed and seedlings as gifts on his return
By the CMS .
" Ruatara " had spent four ( 4 ) years on various whaling ships and returned home in 1814 to Rangihoua.
On the 13th Feb 1815 " Ruatara " fell ill. he experienced much pain . He died on 3rd of March 1815 in a specical constructed shelter on the hill at " Te Puna " His wife " Rahu " hanged herself the following day .
What a sad ending for this well known maori chief & his wife .
Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan