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Thanks for the reply. I think it is the hapu? I thought that Ngati Whare had a link to the Coromandel area as my ggggrandad lived there with his family. I have come to conclusion that maybe he moved to the Coromandel area.
By any chance you haven't heard the following names as these are his parent and I am trying to find out where they come from.
Their names are Marumaru Raharuhi or Paharuhi? His wife's name is Pirihira Kaha? My ggggrandad is Anaru Marumaru who married Ngarere Samuels.
Cheers for the reply.
My iwi are Ngati Whanaunga and Ngati Paoa from the Hauraki region (infact, thats the only region these two Tainui iwi are based in). Te Horeta Te Taniwha was an important tupuna, an ariki, he met Captain Cook as a small boy.
Hauraki is not well known by outsiders, we don't disseminate our korero via means such as the internet. I recommend you going to that place itself and asking the local people in Coromandel (the city) itself. They're more than obliged to help when they can see you face to face.
Kia ora, I am ngati whare hapu from manaia, my tūpuna are also buried there, and our mārae is in thames, we descend from marutuahu and are registered as Ngati maru iwi, Ngati whare hapu. If you ever visit their graveside my whanau are buried directly to the front right. The mārae or land where it is in manaia were gifted to ngati pukenga through assista ce of war but we also share this mārae too.