PECK of TAITA
Hi, Ngairedith. I am interested in one of the names in the above St josephs School Prize giving 21-12-1915 Mollie Tuka. My grandmother was Mollie Marie Tuka. She was taken in by a Maori family in the early 1900s in Whanganui. She had no birth cert, which was a problem when she married and when she had to apply for a pension. There was no record of her. Know body knows where she came from or who her real parents were.I was wondering if the St Josephs Convent school hold any records from back then or where i might look for any records that may have had to have been held anywhere. I'm not sure if this is even the same Mollie Tuka, but the dates seem to fit as to her age when she died.I think it may be impossible as she wasn't legally adopted and would be no paper work, we don;t even know what age she was taken in. any help in pointing me in the direction of where i could try and look would be much appreciated.
doing a bit of internet search reveals that Mollie (1902-1976) was a daughter (whangai though) of Rahapa WAREA (Koha) (Marae, Te Ao Hou Wanganui) & Tema TUKA
.. you probably knew that but by adding it here it may help others to 'recall'
in 1936 Koha was 1 of 36 owners of the reinvested land known as Ohotu No. 1C No.1 (Ohotu 1C1) situated in Block XI Tauakira Survey District containing 25 acres 2 roods 35 perches
OF INTEREST, the names of the owners were:
Te Ata Tuhi ARIKI aka Te Atarangi Tuhiariki
Hariata Te HIRAKA (aka Hariata Miriama)
Erina Te HUNA
Henare Te HUNA
Kerehoma Te HUNA
Rangiorua Te HUNA
Te Iwirere Te HUNA
Peneta Tari KOPEKA
Teko MERETIANA (aka Wharepouri Kiore)
Te Ma PANITUA
Puke (Te Noo) PIRITA
Te Rei PIRITIA (aka Te Rei Reneti) (aka Te Karami Pirita)
Wiwi PUOHOTAUA (aka Wiwi Mere)
Te Kehu RANGINUI (aka Te Kehu Pani Ranginui)
Pepe Te TURE
Kimi Te TURE
Waipara Te TURE
Ngapera Te UA
Te Hirata Te UA
Te Ua Te UAMAIRANGI (aka Hatana Te Ua)
Koha WAREA (aka Rahapa Warea)
Te Rauma WINIATA
I don't think it is possible that, 112 years later, you could ever find out who her birth mother was. I'm pretty sure that any old records at St Joseph's (if there are any) will have Rahapa as her father anyway. Any info coming forward now could not be verified and would probably just be 'family legends' - 'chinese whispers'
but, good luck with your search, it's all part of the fun :)
Hi, thank you for that. I do realise the possibility is pretty slim. I have done a lot of asking. My dad did to and went to the Aramoho Marae in Wanganui. They had a picture of Rahapa and Tema Tuka Matairangi with my Grandmother, but when he went back to get a copy the picture had mysteriously disappeared off the wall.I guess its a bit of suspicion and mistrust. I think people know something,but i guess our family will never know where we came from on that side. At least i have tried, thank you for your help, much appreciated.
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