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TIPENE, Te Riwhi, Te Rata ... (Motatatau, Northland)
Kia ora ano kotiro,
I asked for clarification as I know people with all those names as surnames! And yes, you are right, it is standard practice, but it is a new practice here at the moment and sometimes I have spent a few hours searching for surnames that were actually first names.
If you go to http://www.familysearch.org and put Te Rata in the first name, Tipene in the surname and set the country to New Zealand the results will give you listings for both Te Rata Tipene and Te Riwhi Tipene as well as variations of those names. These records may be able to help you, but be aware that the records at this site are not always correct; names spelt wrong, dates out by a century but it is a good place to start.
As you already have names, using the familysearch site you can confirm things. However, if say for example one of the records has a different parent than the one that you have, do not necessarily take the familysearch record as being correct, make a note of the other name then see if you can confirm from another source either the name you have or the name that familysearch has. Also be aware that a different name for a parent could indicate that the other person has more than one marriage and that could be where the other name comes in.
Use the familysearch site to confirm things that you have, do not use it as the definitive record.
Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!
Thanks, I have already been through that site, not much there. The LDS site had a little on my grandfather (although incorrect some parts - and he was never a Mormon) but I just need much older parts of my whakapapa verified (right or wrong). I shall sit, wait and hope someone out there can share that knowledge with me.
tena korua Kotiro mea Witewhiu
Kei te tika me haere tonu kia Joe.
Engari e hara kei a ia anoo nga hekenga mo te whanau o Te Rata anake. Kei konaa nga uri o Te Ropere kei te noho mai i Motatau i aia tonu nei. Na ratou enei koorero:
Ko Mataroria te tupuna. ko Tipene tona uri.
E ai ki nga koorero, ka moe a Tipene, ka puta ko Hemi.
Ka moe a Hemi ka puta ko Te Rata, tae noa atu ki tana potiki ko Te Ropere.
Ka moe a Te Rata kia Mihiwira ka puta ko Te Riiwhi tau tupuna e whai haere nei e koe, e kotiro.
Kia ora korua
Teena koe Romi
Ae,tika marika to korero.Ka nui ngaa uri i heke mai to tao a Mataroria.Whakaaro ana au mo to tao whanaunga karanga maha a Boss/Joe.Notemea horekau ana teenei koroke i wehi ana ki te korero ki te whakamarama mai mo weenei kawai heke.Ekore weenei korero e pungarehu mo apopo.