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KEEPA, Ka'urangi Te Waewae
Ka'urangi Te Waewae Keepa was married to Iri Tuirirangi Te Koau who was a riverboat foreman from the Whanganui River. She is a descendant of Rangihiwinui Keepa (Major Kemp). She had 8 children the second youngest being my mother Rangirangi Tuirirangi Te Koau. I have alot of Tuirirangi Whakapapa coming down from Kawhia but there is alot missing in between my Kuia Kaurangi and my Koroheke Iri. My Kuia I think was also whanau to Rereomake who was married to Tangaru the Muaupoko Chief depicted on the old ten cent coin. If anyone can give me some clues to my Kuia and Koroheke I'd be rapt. My whanau are the Bells in Taumaranui, my Mum's oldest sister Lucy married a Bell.
Kia Ora, my name is Kim Te Keepa Rata, my whanau has originated from the Nth, Whangaruru, Waitangi area and around the Kaipara, Kaiwaka, Maungaturoto. The Keepa whanau is a big whanau, in searching try Kepa or Te Keepa or Te Kepa, they seem to vary, but all relate to the European translation of Kemp. Kia Ora and all the best.