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WIRIHANA, Pani (Also known as Bunny Wilson)  


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26 August, 2012 2:19 pm  

I am looking for information on behalf of my Mother and her siblings as Pani is their great grandafther, Pani Wirihana (aka Bunny Wilson) was born in 1882 in Mahakipawa (South Island) and was the child of Tarakai Hunga Wirihana & Huria Tekateka. We would like any information on his parents also. He died in Kaikoura in April 1949 and is buried at Tehora Cemetery in Canvastown in the South island.He is apparently of Ngati Koata/Ngati Kuia He was married to Pheobe Wirihana/Wilson (nee Mehaka/Meshack). Their children are Olive, Margaret, David, Julia, Len, Joseph, Laura, Ani, Thomas, Lavinia, Gary, Manuel,Margaret, Frances, Dennis and Robin. We are also looking for information on Pheobe, she was born in 1891 in Wairau Valley. She Died in March 1956 and is buried in Foxton Cemetery. She is apparently of Ngati Toa/Ngai tahu. She is the child of Rawiri Puaha Mehaka & Rena (Lena) Poharama, we would also like information on Pheobes parents. This would be greatly appreciated. 🙂

Billy W
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03 July, 2013 6:35 pm  

Kia Ora, I have just started researching my whakapapa back to Pani and Pipi Wirihana, My name is Billy Walker and i am the oldest of six children of Frances (Taki) who is one of Pani and Pipi's children that you have mentioned, Mum was born in may 1928 at the cottage hospital in Havelock sth (Marlborough), She was whangai to Pani and Pipi, mums birth mother was the oldest daughter Olive and her father was thought to be a man by the name of Harold Massey Wade but this is not certain, This is what mum had been told and partly what she can remember so any discrepencies must be forgivin, mum also lived at a place called Gowan bridge for some time then Olive and mums father (Harold Wade) went further down the line to a place called the Owen river, Harold worked in a coal mine there, mum thinks she was about 3 when there lives changed, her father through working in the mines caught pneumonia and died in the Nelson hospital according to vague memories and what she was told, But what she does remember is her mother wasn't their anymore (for what ever reasons) after that so mum was givin to her grandparents Pani & Pipi who become her mum & dad, her uncles & aunts were then her bothers & sisters, (she become whangai), They were happy days as mum remembers, Mum passed on the 18 feb 2011 she was 82 years old and is buried in Foxton cemetery along with many other whanau, She is survived by her brother Manuel who lives in Hawera and her sister Margaret who lives in Australia and Dennis who is also in Hawera, as far as I know they are the only surviving siblings, If you have any more info I would really appreciate it, I am slowly gathering more info so will keep you posted, hope this helps, You can e-mail me at blackbill33@hotmail.com, would be good to know more whanau, kia kaha, Billy.