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I have tried many times to research my grandfathers name and origin but all i have are records of Rautao ancestors from the late 16th century.
I know he is a decendant of ngā iwi me ngā hapū o Te Urewera. My mother also says he is of the waikare? people.
His name was Te Whetu Tamati Rautao. His date of birth is unsure but i remember attending his funeral when i was about 5 1986.
He married my grandmoter Te Hinga Teka of Ruatahuna.
They later settled in Motuhora, Gisborne.
If anyone can help me please do.