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Kia ora hopefully someone out there might be able to help me, I have just recently found out my biological grandparents names and now would like to get more information about them. My mother's mother and father were Waimarie (nee)KINGI and Tuaroa WILLIAMS that's all I know about them. I think my grandfather is from up north somewhere.
My father's parent's were Titi LEWIS from Te Reinga and his father was Sam KARA I think that was his first name anyway he was from Mahanga.
I was brought up by my grandmother's whanau and now I am looking for any information I can get for myself and my tamariki.
Kia ora Jeni,
I know a Sam Kara from Gisborne, his mums name was Mere, but these Karas (Carrols), are from Manutuke. I know that they have connections with Mahanga through the Chief Te Hapuku Te Ika Ngaruhe, as mentioned by one of the old pakeke from those wayz, Poua Bob Wilson (decd). I know that at one of the Karas' marae is a huge whakapapa tree hanging in the Whare, I think it's either Mahanga or Pahou Marae (Manutuke). They have connections to Manutuke through Sir James Carrol (Timi Kara). Other wise another marae to try would be Waiohau just out of Napier, they're a huge family.
you'd be best to start with Mahanga, but I'll give you something to start off with. The Karas from Mahanga descend from Te Haapuku Te Ika Ngaruhe (Te Ika Nui), his eldest son was Aakamira Te Aataiwaho Haapuku, who had 5 children. The eldest of these children was Karamaena Te Aataiwaho Haapuku. As far as I know there are three main families that come off this line - the Karas, the Haapukus, and the Waapus. The iwi around Mahanga is Rongomaiwahine, but through Te Haapuku, you will also have links to an iwi called Te Whatu I Apiti, who are situated in the central Hawkes Bay. Both of these iwi are part of a bigger iwi Kahungunu, as you'd already know. My 3x great grandmother, was the younger sister to Karamaena, and this is how you and I are related, her name was Hinemata Waho (Waho being short for Te Aataiwaho). Te Haapuku was a well known chief in the Hawkes Bay, and when I find the link on this site to him I will post it here for you to read. I am sorry I can't give you a full whakapapa, nut this should be ore than enough for you to start off with, to help you on your way. I think ths is your main link. Anyway good luck, if you have anymore questions feel free to ask.