TAONUI APERAHAMA - NGA PUHI
edmondsallan - Good morning - This person was among a whole lot of loose papers in the hand me downs which had a scribble - un finished . I had a look at it to see what I could do . I just thought - Perhaps my father was perhaps being very cunning . I noticed several of his notes classed as unfinished . Dad was a very very tidy person and everything he did had the ( I's ) dotted properly , no smugges , neatly placed together . etc'. Could be a good way to get your son really invovled in Ancestry by leaving him some work to be finished just to make sure he would take up the ancestry chain work . He certainly was a cunning old rooster.
" Taonui Aperahama " lived mostly in the upper Hokianga region. He was a founder in the " Kotahitanga Movement " ( maori Parliment ) His father was Te Taonui, a senior Te Popoto chief who was later baptised Makoare after the governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie; Makoare had been one of the initiators of the extensive timber trade in the upper Hokianga in the 1820s. Aperahama's mother was Hinuata of Ngati Rehia from the central Bay of Islands. He was originally called Tautoru, but was baptised Aperahama (Abraham) by the Wesleyan missionary William White on 23 December 1833. Although usually known as Aperahama Taonui, he is thought to have signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 as Abaraham Tautoru.. In 1851 he returned to Utakura as the Wesleyan teacher, and in 1856 became the schoolmaster at the Wesleyan school at Waima.
Their are several stories about " Taonui " and his achievements . I won't go into them in this journal. Aperahama Taonui died at Oturei. His gravestone there records his date of death as 23 September 1883, but his obituary and two letters, one written by his wife, Kereihi (Grace), to George Grey telling Grey of Aperahama's death, establish that it was 23 September 1882. He looks to be a very interesting person . I might come back to him at a later date.
Till we meet again - Regards -edmondsallan