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I am looking for whanau of Te Rei descendants of Hemi Te Rei. He was my great grandfather and father to Thomas/Tom Paku. Tom Paku lived in Mangakino and his partner was Ripeka Te Rauna who lives in Nuhaka.
I am aware of Ripeka's whereabouts, my nanny who is 86 yrs and still alive. Hemi Te Rei was her father in law, very short and nicknamed Paku which was then passed on as a surname to his tamariki. Not so exciting so I changed my surname to Te Rei. I know there are Te Rei living in Wellington but I haven't yet found anyone who can link the Te Rei name to my whakapapa, which for me starts with Hemi Te Rei. His wife, not sure of her first name was a Hoepo. I did some research a few years ago but haven't been successful yet.
Grateful for any useful info.
Noho ora mai
Kia ora Te Rei.,
My husbands grandmother was Pareteranga Te Rei, her father was Paehua Te Rei.,we don't have a lot of info but if you do could we possibly keep in touch.,as to the best of my knowledge they were in Putaruru and lived in Waotu.,Nan has since passed away and is buried in the main cemetery in Putaruru.
hi there, try http://marvin.otago.ac.nz/marriages/search, otherwise known as Vercoes marriage index, it's great for looking up marriages early on and for maori marriages, whether with a folio number or not, there are a few Te Rei on there, thought it may help. naku noa.