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TE NAIHI E WAI, maata
Kia Ora, I am hoping someone out there has heard the name of my grandfathers grandmother. Maata Te Naihi E Wai also known as Te Wai. She was born around 1815 maybe in the Tory Chanel and died June 1877 at Oyster Bay, Tory Channel.Maata was from the Puketapu people of Atiawa. She married James Heberley (Worser)who was a sea captain and whaler. Their daughter Maryannes second husband was hung in Picton in 1877.One of Maatas sons was Jacob Heberley(Heperi) a carver.
She spent most of her married life in Queen Charlotte sounds.Her grandaughter was Mihi Korama Woodgate who married Hapi Tutua Puketapu and theie son was Ihaia Porutu Puketapu a Te Ati Awa leader.
Maata (Te Wai) was living at TeAwaiti when she met her husband. She had whanau at Pipitea (wellington) and Waikanae as well as in settlements in the Marlborough sounds. I am hoping to know who her matua were. Thankyou for taking the time to read this. Lynette(Shilo)
Edited by - daddysgirl on Aug 14 2005 3:59:02 PM
Hi I have just been finding out about James and Maata. Such interesting history. What a story.
My Grandmother was Tere Huia, her father was Ernest Parfitt. Ernest Parfit parents were Joseph Parfitt and Martha Parfitt nee Herberly. Martha's parents were
John Herberly and Charlotte Herberly nee Hockey. John was I believe the eldest son second child of James and Maata Te Naihi E Wai. Daughter of Aperahama Manukonga and Manupionga Manukonga.
There is a autobiography apparently at the Auckland War Museum that James Wrote. His obituary-of-james-heberley-picton-1899-50762.html.
Maata Te Wai Nahi Te Owai was born in June in 1808 and died on June 25 1877. She and James 'Worser' Heberley are also my ancestors.
Maata's parents were Premier Chief Aperahama Manukonga & Manupoinga (Matakiau) Te Owai.
Manupoinga (Matakiau) Te Owai became a captive slave of another tribe and died in 1812 at 32 years of age.
My line goes: James & Maata - Son James - daughter Sarah - daughter Agnes - daughter Elsie - daughter Colleen - son David (me)