TAIWHANGA RAWIRI - NGA PUHI --- 1818 ---- 1874 ( ? )
edmondsallan - hello - I see " my Grandad " had about four pages of closely hand written notes on this " Maori Warrior ". Why did he get wrapped up in this fella - ?? He has written he, was a leader of importance ( didn't say chief ) a Farmer / missionary / teacher -.what's this ? He might have been over 100 years old ?? didn't complete the re-search ( died ) I'll have to speak to " old faithful " and see if any of us have done any work on this . "Answer from my working mate " ---It appears several of us have had ago on this one . I don't know how this journal will shape up. It could be a bit piece meal. I'll try & stick to what's been proven . I see my brother had ago at this before he passed on . His remarks ---- confusing & tricky . I think I'll stick with what "old faithful" has shown me . I trust her so much .Viruses seem to hate her also . It's the way she was privately built . I think she may have a lot of " Apple " in her make up .
" Taiwhanga " the son of Tawatawa & wife - "Wahi " was a direct descendant of Tama-ki-te-ra. His Hapu was Ngati Tautahi of the Te uri -0-Hua section of Nga Puhi at Kaikohe . His first wife was " Mata " of Te Arawa. They had seven children . ( 3 ) dying at infancy . His second wife , was " Mary " and they one child .( have to jump a bit now )
He was one of " Hongi Hika's best fighting Warriors and went with him on many war expeditions . He apparently went to Aussie & learn't a lot of the european skills , came back home , put them into practice . This one reason he became such a skilled farmer / Horticulterists , plus other trades he learn't .( these notes are dated but jumping all over the place . Many classified as unproven, the deeper I go .) I might have to research this fella myself , so the work already done can be completed .)
One last note , says that a " Sven Berggren " a visiting Swedish Scientist , met and spoke with him in Kaikohe in 1874. and he was told that " Taiwhanga " was over a 100 years old . If that is so . it throws the dates of born - 1818 & died 1874 --- out the door. I don't know !!! I still feel the 1818 to 1874 may be the genuine date. I think the ( 100 Yr stuff may be incorrect !!! or B~#!~ T ) but I can't prove it ! ! ! .
Till we meet again - Regards - edmondsallan