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MOETARA, Rangatira: of Pakanae  

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kwaussie
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25 January, 2012 1:49 pm  

Kia Ora,

I was wondering if someone can help me locate any descendants of Rangatira Moetara of Pakanae please. Between 1862-1864 Rangatira went and toured Sydney, Melbourne and the UK with a performance troupe named the 'Maori Warrior Chiefs'. I am unsure when Rangatira returned to New Zealand but I do know that he and the other members of the troupe were helped by a lady named Miss Weale to get them back home.

Hope someone can help me out.

Thank you in advance


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poutokomanawa
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06 May, 2012 4:54 pm  

Kia ora ano!

If you go to google.co.nz (make sure it is google.CO.NZ) and type "Rangatira Moetara" (with the speech marks) in the search you will find pages that have information about Rangatira Moetara. The second entry from Te Ara will give you some history and information about descendants.

Good luck! 😀

Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
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kwaussie
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28 July, 2012 12:25 am  

Kia ora Poutumanawa,

Awesome, thank you for that....

Take care


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poutokomanawa
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30 July, 2012 2:27 pm  

You are more than welcome!

Every now and again I check out the old posts and if no one has replied I see what I can do to awhi people.

It is really appreciated getting thank you :thumbup:

Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
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kwaussie
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30 July, 2012 4:00 pm  

Kia ora Poutumanawa,

Since that first posting I discovered that the Rangatira Moetara I was looking for couldn't have been the one I thought it was as the one from Pakanae was much older and the one who went to OZ was much younger but related to Rangatira from Pakanae. I am trying to piece together the history of this troupe who went to OZ and the UK in the mid 1860's. This younger Rangatira Moetara went to both countries.

Within this troupe was a Henari Mete (Henry Smith), a 'half-caste' from the Hokianga who also went to OZ and the UK. Trying to see if this Henari Mete is our missing link in our whanau's whakapapa. Very hard to do though with little leads hence the posting on Moetara in case someone knew of him.

Thanks again Poutumanawa

Take care


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Te Rangikotama
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31 December, 2012 1:16 am  

Kia ora. A book titled 'Hariru Wikitoria' will give you a lot of information on the particular tour. It's available on interloan I think.
I know there was a 'Hemi Mete' around the Hokianga in those days. 'Smith' was also an important occupation in the early colonial pioneering days and probably a few took the name to signal their occupation. Much the same as 'Cooper' (also an occupation). There might be a connection to Captain Kent who had a trading post at Koutu Point in the Hokianga. if I recall correctly Kent had some connection to a man named Smith in the mid 1820's period. The reason I mention this is because Kent was said to have married Rangatira and Moetara's sister Wharo, and therefore some possible connection. It's recorded somewhere that Moetara was on board the Emma Kemp ship (Captain Kent as master) when she first crossed the Kawhia bar and entered Kawhia. Kent went from Kawhia then to Sydney, most likely with Moetara on board I suspect, and then back to NZ with a few men in tow who he set up as traders in and around kawhia. One of these men was named 'Tamete', which might be Thomas, or Tamati, or Smith, or maybe some other name. For your consideration anyway. Best wishes in your search.


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kwaussie
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01 March, 2013 1:38 pm  

Kia ora Te Rangikotama. Thank you for the reference to the book and feedback, it's a great help. I actually have the book 'Hariru Wikitoria' and found it very interesting.
The book actually mentions two tours, one which the book is based on and then it touches on a second one, and it is the second one I am interested in.

This other troupe originally started from NZ in 1862 (the troupe consisted of 21 Maori from various Iwi from around the North Island) taken to Australia by a Dr McGauran. Within this troupe was a Rangatira Moetara (which isn't the same Rangatira Moetara who was from Pakanae) and a Henari Mete. This Henari Mete or Henry Smith, is the guy I'm trying to find out on as he could be my mothers gr grandfather but trying to find anymore info on Henari Mete is hard as.

This troupe that went to Australia in 1862/63 disbanded in approx Feb 1863 then a guy from Melbourne took six male members of the Australian troupe to the UK. Henari Mete and Moetara were two of these members. I've been researching on this troupe for a whille now slowly compiling their history but trying to find anything more on them is hard, hence posting my query.

Thank you for your posting as it gives me a few other pathways to venture down.

All the best...


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Te Rangikotama
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14 March, 2013 7:30 pm  

Kei te pai e hoa. You're very welcome. I've seen the name 'Nari' Mete somewhere over the years. I don't know if that will be helpful, but it might provide a clue. If I see anything along those lines I'll be sure to let you know.
Best wishes.


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kwaussie
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17 March, 2013 6:01 pm  

Thanks Te Rangikotama.
Can I ask where you heard of this information regarding 'Nari' Mete, Hemi Mete and about Captain Kent? I live in OZ so if it's in a book I might be able to read a bit on Captain Kent. It's hard doing whakapapa here.
Any bit of information is a great help as I don't have a lot to go by.
Thanks again for your help Te Rangikotama.
Take care


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Te Rangikotama
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18 March, 2013 11:45 pm  

Aroha mai but I have no idea where I saw the name Nari Mete. When I see it again I'll be sure to let you know. There isn't much written just yet about Captain Kent other than the Waikato Historical Society Journals (I think they're called). They give a bit of the history about him, however not a heck of a lot unfortunately.
Nga mihi and best wishes with your quest.


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kwaussie
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03 May, 2013 2:52 pm  

Kia Ora Te Rangikotama,

Thanks for that - I'll look into that.

Take care


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