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TAIAPA AND EPAPARA
I was having a jack around on this wicked az site
and saw your panui. The name Epapara has a connection to my mother-inlaw. From what we have found is that the full name comes from Rangiheuea Epapara. This tipuna came from a village called Te Ariki of Raupatu Bay. When Tarawera erupted this is one of the first places it wiped out. Over the years the name has taken a few changes. Some took Rangiheuea, some Epapara and some Papara.
Good luck in your quest. Marlz