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HAUNUI / EWE / TE WERA: Tracing my mum's dad.  


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08 April, 2011 6:58 pm  

Hi my name is mary and I am trying to chase my grand fathers whakapapa. His name is Bing Haunui Senior. My grand mother's name is Harata Ewe, my mums name Maruatai Ngapoura Ewe Te Wera. My last name is Ropiha but my maiden name is Te Wera. Why I am looking is We havnt met. Last time I heard was that he had passed on between 5 - 7 years ago. My mum speaks of what she remembers of him, but vividly. I am doing my whakapapa for myself and my whanau and I would like to learn of whom my grandfather is and where's he from, everything that will help me knowing who I am. Please if there's anyone who may know please email me.

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08 May, 2011 4:14 pm  

Kia ora,

Wow you have your work cut out for you. There are some great sites to have a hunt on. Try historical Births, Death & Marriages https://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.dia.govt.nz/home/
Bing Haunui is mentioned on:

If you know any dates of death, newspaper archives at the library may give you more info in teh death notices.

Happy hunting!

Kaua, Fox, Nepia, Moeroa, Tiopera, Te Awakehe, Wilkie-Kiriki, Hinewahirangi, Kahukura, Kaira

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28 June, 2012 6:38 am  

Bourke has followed up musicians such as Bob Adams, New Zealand's first jazz band leader, and Auckland guitar teacher Walter Smith, a Mormon who introduced umpteen students on this instrument between 1915 and 1955. He's been able to source information on Smith through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Temple View, Tuhikaramea, where Smith is remembered and revered. Other venerable names such as Epi Shalfoon, Pat McMinn, Crombie Murdoch, Nolan Rafferty, Bing Haunui, Mike Nock and Nancy Harrie trip off his lips. (The latter two jazz pianists are both ex-Ngaruawahia.) http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/life-style/386602/Leaders-of-the-bands

Te Rangikotama
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31 December, 2012 1:33 am  

Man Mike Nock had a beautiful touch on the piano. Just for your information mropiha the name 'Bing', being unusual as it is might of course come from the great Bing Crosby, being in the era of great bandsmen and so on, and then again, given the Haunui connection, might also be a namesake of the late Waikato Tainui kaumatua Bing (Pingareka) Haggi. Point being that in this instance at least the name has a tupuna provenance. Pingareka was an important Ngati Te Uakau/Ngati Patupo/Ngati Ngahia chief of the late 1700's era. You can email me on makomihi@hotmail.com if this rings true for you and I can probably inform you a little better in terms of hapu and iwi and so on. Best wishes in your search.

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18 February, 2013 10:39 pm  

Tena koe mropia was your tupuna one of the Haunui Bro's band? If so then he was also part of Te Pou O Mangatawhiri or TPM. I know of someone who tried to get a birth certificate and her mother gave her the name Haunui, however the births, deaths, and marriages did not find her under that name, her birth certificate was found eventually and it was found Haunui was a part of her fathers surname. Should you pursue this you will find a very proud and strong whakapapa. I agree with NgatiFox and I know that there is an Ewe connection which connects to Nga Tai E Rua in Tuakau. Waahi Marae is her one of her maraes and she returned to Waahi when her first cousin passed away in 2010. He too was a Waikato-Maniapoto kaumatua and one of his connections to Maniapoto was through his mother Wiriwiri Barrett. Kia kaha kei i a koe te taunga nui.