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A while ago, before the maori.org.nz server crashed, I was searching for information on Wi Waikaare, Te Rina (or could be Sarah or Ngareta) Coffin from Gisborne way.
A guy called Tekotuku replied and I am now unable to retrieve his reply.
Whoever she is, she married/was with a guy called Charles Pedro, and they ended up in Kawakawa/Kerikeri area -
Tekotuku - can you please get back to me again??
Go to [url] http://whakapapa.maori.org.nz/directories/[/url] and put Tekotuku in the search on the left hand side - there is a listing for a Tekotuku - may not be the one you are looking for, but they may be able to help you!
Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
Together we will get there!
Kia ora. I recall seeing a scant record about a 'Haare Petero' being a black man (Negro/Portugese) who (if I recall correctly) was the first mailman/carrier-come ferryman on the Kawakawa river. This was probably mid to late 1800's period. If I recall correctly he described himself as 'the first Pakeha on the river' (or something like that) which his Pakeha passengers found amusing because he was so dark. If you like to you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll fish out the snippet. I'm quite interested to hear of/see your query and would like to see how this progresses for you. A Peter Johnson who used to live in Ruakaka (corner of Salle Rd and Marsden Point Road) (I don't know where he lives now) said his tupuna was a Coffin from around Waiomio way. It might take me a while because I don't have the material well organised just at present. Best wishes in your search.