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MONIKA, whanau, have never met any of my whanau from Gisborne way
My GG Grandmothers name is Rawinia Monika she married Matemauroa McLean very prominent whanau in Ruatoria.
I think Rawinia had a brother whose name was Henare Monika. Im not sure where they lived but one of his daughters married into the "Tuna" family that use to live or maybe still living in Matata.
I've met this family once when my Mum was alive and while I was there aunty ??? (can't remember her name) gave me her whakapapa of their whanau.
If I remember correctly, some years ago their was a centinnial held in Ruatoria where all the whanau use to go to school and in the remembrance book their was a picture of Nanny Rawinia.
You could try contacting Te reo irirangi o Ngati Porou or even the runanga in Ruatoria, if theres no joy with them ask them for a contact number for Aunty Lexi McLean and she will be able to help.
Let me know how you get on
Kia Ora I am Inagle and I live in Gisborne. There are Monika's living here, Terry Monika he is in his 50,s, he will know a lot of information about the Monika's. I have to get in contact with him, but I know he works at the Mobile Portside Service Station, Gisborne, the number is 068680268 whether your catch him or not I don't know, he is on shift work. His son is Fred Monika who plays rugby for East Coast.
Hello Jane i am your fathers 1st cousin Terry Monika i suppose you will now know your grandfathers proper name is Fiji Hoia Monika he is my father John Monika older brother. When he came back from the second world war (japanese prisoner of war) His pakeha inlaws in Hamilton hid his family from him(racial problems)which was well documented on TV3 1989. When he could not locate his family he left Hamilton changed his name to John Manuel and quietly lived around the Auckland area fostering children unbeknown to anyone including our grandmother whom passed away in Gisborne at the age of 98.
Jane the Monika whanau are from Hiruharama . You Grandfathers brothers and sisters are Aunty Queeny . Aunty Tai Smith . John Monika . Aunty Tui Tuna . Aunty Liza Hema . Uncle Don Monika . Aunty Louie Rangi And your Great Grandfather is Henare Monika and Heni Te Noho Pani Jane Taare Monika They lived and farmed at Hiroharama for many years until my Grandfather died in 1940 something of haemoraging at a young age of fifty .My Grandfather also had an older sister Rawinia who married a Maclean whom has many decendants from that line.Good to see you are interested if you whant more info dont hessitate to ask .