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Filling in my east coast gaps
Tenaa Kotou - I have been searching for years for where on the East Coast we come from, and I have some information finally - and am hoping someone can help me a little further.
What I know now is this:
My mothers name is Christine Anne Gordon(born 1950's), her mother is Jane Anne Kemp Hancox(born 1923), her mother was Annie Catherine Billings(born 1880's), her mother was Catherine Maria (Pedro?), her mother was Ere Kawhena (with a brother? called Watene Pao, who had a child Ihipera who had children Wi and Mere Waikare) who after having children had a husband/partner called Charles Pedro (died 1883ish), upline from her is Tawaho - Hine Tawaiora - Maringiringi (with brothers? called Te Awanga and whakaruhe) - Ruamutu - Kohai - Rangitukuaru - Kohaki - Karani - Huaki - Tamate Mahunga - Taupiriotetau - Te Rarawa - Rehua - Haukoro - Paaka - Hopu Hopu - Tamatauira - Pare Whenuamea - Ruawaipu.
I know that Ere Kawhena somehow ended up with some land in Rangitukia (I am not interested in the land, it has nothing to do with me - I am trying to find the place where we are from for the sake of my children)
There are stories in my family about Tikitiki and Te Araroa, which is aparently where an aunty went to visit decendants of Wi Waikare (down another line form Tawaho) to see if they could find anything out.
I really want to know if someone can help me find our hapu, our marae and to put a name to the place that our ancestors called their stomping ground.
If anyone is able to either help me out or push me in the right direction, I would be most appreciative.
This 3 thing's may be of use to you all though 2 may be long shots ah.
(1) 20 years ago Tolaga Bay once had a district nurse for many years with the name Gordon.
This lady was part Maori and original came from Anaru Bay,located on the East Coast about 20 minutes North East of Tolaga,on the Lockwood Estate,being a large dry stock unit.
(2) The name Waikare is being used to day by family's up Te Araroa way.
(3) A major river that separate Tikitiki Township and Port Awanui is known as the Waipu,being a long flowing river that travels from Owheno in the South though the Eastern boundaries of the Raukumara's to the Pacific Seas in the East.
Perhaps the name may have been shortened to suite the times!.