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TOONE TIPENE 1st cemetery on the left hand side travelling into PANGURU - try there.
My grandmother Hemaima,and my grand aunty Te Wahapo also had a brother Toone Tipene. In this group was approx....9 brothers & sisters.
My grandmother and my grand aunty lived in a small farming community - a place called Orewau. To get to Orewau, you turn left at the Mangamuka Pub. Continue on that road till you pass three concrete bridges. After the 3rd bridge travel half a km and look to your right - on the hill is the Orewau cemetery.
Here's a start for you.
ps I'm in Sydney and I left my whakapapa at home in NZ. Keep in touch.
I have also started researching my whakapapa recently, and I have come across this thread. Hemaima TIPENE was my great-grandmother's mother and I have been trying to find out about her family and origins, but I haven't had any luck so far and wondered if she may have had a different first name (I living in Hamilton at the moment but am planning to do a visit through the area to pay my respects at different urupa).
Until seeing the above post, I had no idea she even had siblings. I would love to hear more about the TIPENE branch of the whanau, so please feel free to reply with a contact email address if you're open to korero.