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My name is Herena Ward, My mother's name was josephine Douyere her maiden name was Rawhiti, She passed away when i was 3 and im trying to find any whanau of her's!! Ive only met one of her sister's ad i only know her nick name which is smiley. I know she was born in auckland and her iwi is ngati whatua! I have two kids of my own and would really love to know more about my mother's whanau.. Any help would be gratefull!!
Kia ora Herena,
Does Martha Rawhiti ring a bell? Her parents were Paddy and Elaine Rawhiti. If so drop me a line and I'll send your details to my brother who has married in to the whanau.
Also, don't forget to check up on www.oldfriends.co.nz and www.familysearch.org. You could even try www.justice.govt.nz and search through the Maori Land Court if you haven't already.
All the best in your continued search.