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Looking for help with HONA/HEREWAKA/ALBERT family Mangamuka
Any information appreciated on family of Herewaka Te Onerahi and his wife Maraea. They had a son Te Rata Herewaka and possibly a daughter Miere? who married Hona Tapita.
Te Rata Herewaka married Maraea Shelford then Te Auraki Tipene.
Hona Tapita and Miere?, did they have any children. Hare Hona's (born circa 1879 died 1927 Gisborne) parents were Hona and Tangi Hona of Mangamuka Pa. Are they of this family?
Maraea, wife of Herewaka Te Onerahi, also had a son? Hemi Albert/Arapeta who married Iritana Tipene and their son was Hamana Albert/Arapeta.
Maraea is my g-g-grandmother.
Hona Tapita's first marriage was to Hera Hoera Titiparu and begat Maraea (Ruku) Hona. Maraea had 3 relationships.
Hona Tapita's second marriage was to Miere Herewaka (sister of Rata Herewaka) and begat Makene Hona; Tokowha Hona; Tarawa Hona; Tangi Hona; and Hare Hona whom had no issue.
Back in the early 1970's/77 years during the closing down of the Indigenous logging years in the Pureora Forest we had working along side us an elderly cheerful man called Coffee Ti Hona, perhaps he was named as such being a very dark happy go lucky person.
He was thick set in structure and very short and wore dark rimmed reading glasses all the time, he had a heart of gold and was always laughing at something is how I rember him.
He was known as just simply Coffee, he drove one of the 3- D7 Bulldozers, and worked mainly at establishing tracks, roads & firebreaks for us during the fire seasons.
During the fires itself it was Coffee who made the tracks for our safety if and when we were cut of from the pack due to fires jumping in some cases 100 metre firebreaks.
Coffee would punch tracks though virgin bush down gullies you name it he was fareless to get at burning Totara or Rata spars many kms behind our fire-front line so that they could be filled then dusted down with the soapy water carried by our international 4x4 fire trucks, or roaming ground crews.