Mere Tahana Aug 7, 2010 12:55:55 GMT 12
Post by NZBC on Aug 7, 2010 12:55:55 GMT 12
Transcript of Te Huia, Te Ngohe and Hami te Raro, 1887. Hua
Reserve Sec. 156. Evidence given during hearing. New Zealand Maori Land Court, TaranakiMinute Book No. 3:281-283 Place: New Plymouth
District: Aotea Date: 3 June, 1887
Hua reserve Sec 156 District of Hua containing 97 acres
Mr Rennell said there is no survey of this Reserve. Copy of deed dated 3rd March 54 produced by Mr Rennell.
Te Ngohe te Huia appeared & said. I know this land 100 acres called Te Hua. 3
acres have been taken away for Railway purposes. The money paid in compensation was paid to Te Tahana. This land was granted to the whole of the people who owned the Hua Block. The land was for Tahana and Ramiera. I am speaking of Ramiera’s portion. Tahana sold his portion. I wish the northern portion to be for Tahana and the southern portion to Ramiera, the portions to be divided by a stream which runs through the Reserve. The name of the stream is Waipapa. Hoewaka is the name of the northern portion is and Te Oropuriri is the name of the Southern part. Tahana is dead with reference to the piece Hoewaka.
Tahana witness agreed that Hami te Raro should conduct the case reference to Tahana’s successors
Hami te Raro said Tahana died without issue, the proper person to succeed deceased is Matiu who is a nephew being the son of an elder brother Hekiera. Martin or Matina was the only child of Hekiera.
Tahana also has a sister named Te Waira, she is dead, she has one child named
Henare te Hore who is alive. He is the only child of Te Waira who is living. Witness now said Te Waira had another child called Wiremu Tahana who is dead but he has children living. Tahana was married to a European named Mary Bishop she is alive still and married to a man named Hill, she had 3 children by Tahana. Raro Tahana, Ani Tahana and Mere Tahana
Raro is alive and living at Stoney River.
Ani Tahana is dead but there is a child alive living on the Waimate Plains. I know there is a child alive as I nursed it myself. The name of the child is Titokowaru. Witness then said the child’s name was Te Whiti. As the witness had given two male names to the child, it being a female, the Court decided to put in the mother’s name Ani Tahana and let someone claim to succeed who could prove relationship.
Mere was married to a Chinaman and is now dead. She had two children by the
Chinaman, the children’s names are Hilliary Kum Sing m. 8 and Minnie Kum Sing f.9.
Henare te Hore is a nephew of Tahana and he is dead. He died at Parihaka he left 5 children. Mereana f. adult Henare te Hore m. adult Ngawhiwhi te Hore f. adult Tohiroa m. adult
Wiremu Tahana was married to Mary Bishop. Wiremu Tahana left a will leaving a
share of the land to his wife Mary Bishop. That is all we have to say about Tahana’