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Kia ora Gaylene
[url="http://www.maori.org.nz/papa_panui/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=221&FORUM_ID=3&CAT_ID=2&Topic_Title=Wirihana%2FWilson+whanau+up+Gisborne+or+Waikato+ways&Forum_Title=Tracing+Tupuna+%28Ancestors%29"]Here[/url] is another post that talks about the Wirihana Whanau and different areas as to where they are from in the Waikato area.
Does your friend know his father's first name as this may help people to narrow down which Wirihana branch he is from.
Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!
Thank you Poutokomanawa for replying so promptly, I can tell u now, Pete's (My friends name), fathers name is Ray Wirihana, and he also knows that some of the Wirihana's are from the top of the south island, and bottom of the north!....if that helps anyone? He's attempting to find out more info as we speak.
Once again, thank you...........ka kite.
Kia Ora Gaylene,
This whanau is a very big whanau I have a very close friend called
Pete also and my friend told me that on his grand father on his dads side came from Pirongia and his name was Tamati Wirihana.
I will endeavor to rack his brains a little bit more for you.
My friend is in NZ and I am in Aussie.
Kia kaha koe.
Naku Noa Na Inu
Kia ora Artecwoman,
I have a little more info on Pete's whanau. Pete left NZ when he was a young boy, however what he does remember before leaving is how they use to row over water to get to his Marae (hopefully this should narrow the search down?). He has been bought up in Australia by his mother. Pete is 31 now, and living here in Perth. I hope this helps?
Kia ora Gaylene
So many replies, I hope at the end, you can find a connection.
Kia ora Koutou, to all who have given their awhi to gaylene.
The only part I can add, is the Wilson whanau that I know, are from the waikato, and associate with the marae, in auckland, - at Ihumato - Mangere. A small maori settlement.
I am afraid, that is all I can add.
Good luck in your search
Kia ora Gaylene,
My family are from Rakaunui Marae ki Kawhia on my dad's side.Unfortunately he passed away last year but I think my Uncle will know your friends family from porongia.My grandfather on my mother's side was a Wirihana/Wilson from Matoura Bay.I can find out more if you like.
Kia ora koutou,
This is a big KIA ORA to all those people who have responded to my friend Pete's journey in finding his Wirihana whanau. Excellent news is that he has found an Uncle in the Bay of Islands, (Petes dads brother!), which has obviously opened up new and exciting doorways! However Pete is still interested in finding more, therefore should anyone want his email address,let me know, and i shall pass it on to him.
Not forgetting an even bigger KIA ORA, to the hard working people at Maori.org.nz, without this website Pete could never have gotten this far.....once again kia ora, and ka kite.