TE PAHI ------ SON of WHARERAU
edmondsallan - hello - " Te Pahi " was a son of " Wharerau " a descendant of the ancient ancestral " Ngati Awa " ,the original people of the area, and of their " Nga Puhi " conquerors , a combination that gave him great ' Mana ' over the land and its people . He was related to the " Ngati Rehia // Te Hikutu // & Ngati Rua .
" Te Pahi's " principal pa was on a small island called Te Puna or Te Pahi's island , situated between Rangihoua Bay & Moturoa . Although most of the time he lived at a near by inlet , he kept all his treasures & weapons on the Island .
" Te Pahi " had several wives . His brother " Tiarrah " stayed on the Island - kept control for " Te Pahi " . He also had a very Hard - nature and if anybody offended him ,the punishment was severe . It was well known that one of his wives with a vicious Tongue and nagged at him incessantly, he put to death .One of his daughters " Atahoe " married George Bruce , a european castaway . In 1805 , he & four ( 4 ) of his sons took passage on the " Venus " . (** Their is pages on that story and what took place . I've read it . we will give it a miss this time ** )He became very close to " Samuel Marsden " ( their is a record in the Marsden Journals on the friendship with
" Te Pahi " ).
He died , after being wounded on his beloved island after a battle against some European crews from five ( 5 ) whaling ships invaded his island & killed over Sixty ( 60 )of his People in a revenge for an attack , called the " Boyd " affair . Their is some confusion just when he died , as their is a story he escaped from the island although badly wounded, but died later at Whangaroa . I am not sure which is correct . His death is believed to have happened in or around 1810 /11.age ( 50 ) estimated . His physical discription although short ,gives us a good idea of his physical make up - " Te Pahi " was over Six ( 6 ) feet tall , shaped like a wedge , strong top and thighs. His tattoos covered all his face and his thighs were also heavily tattooed . He was very athletic and a commanding figure . Till we meet again - Regards -edmondsallan