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Hey there, my name is Siobhan and have been nominated by my teachers to take part in the gifted and talented programme at school. For this programme we are to choose anything we wish to research and i have decided to do some research on my whakapapa. I do not know my family very well but I do know that my grandmothers parents names were Dick (Richard) Huata and Moana Paora. I think they come from the Raupunga area? If anyone could help me with some information about this family it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Edited by - poutokomanawa on Mar 07 2005 10:30:58 PM
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Kia ora Siobahn,
This information might be a bit late for your project but your great grandfather Dick Huata's Maori first name was Te Ranapia. He was in the 28th Maori Battalion and was known for his bravery. They say he would have received the Victoria Cross but he got up to too much mischief. In the desert he was shot through the mouth and bore the scar all his life. He was from Raupungs- Mohaka in Hawke's Bay. His brother Canon Wi Te Tau Huata, was the chaplain to the Maori Battalion and wrote many well-known songs today including AEIOU, Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, Me He Manu Rere, Kua Rongorong and many others. Your family has a long and proud history and more can be found, including your great grandfather's name, Te Ranapia Huata, as one of the children of Rev. Hemi Huata. He is in the online biography of New Zealand and more information on your family can be found through detailed information on Canon Wi Te Tau Huata on www.tekauri.com/wi/Maintext.html All the best on your research