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Louis Hétet

Latin: Ludovicus Hétet
Birthplace: Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Louis Marie Hétet and Mary Hètet
Husband of Te Rangituatahi
Father of Henare Matengaro Hetet, I; Hone Taonui Hetet; Ngatai George 'Hori' Hetet and Mere Te wai Hetet
Half brother of Célestin Louis Hétet; Celestin Louis Vidal; Marie Henriette Hetet and Clementine Barbe Hetet

Occupation: Whaler
Managed by: Private User
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About Louis Hétet

Louis or Ludovicus Hetet came to New Zealand from France and settled here after marrying a Maori chieftainess Rangituatahi from the Waikato District.


The painter, photographer and adventurer G W Angus wrote during a visit in 1847 'Under the auspices of his father-in-law, Louis Hetet lived his Robinson Crusoe like life in perfect security. He has a hut of his own construction, together with a garden and a flock of 70 goats, besides pigs, fowls and other domestic animals.' Angus described how Taonui maintained strict adherence to tapu customs and showed implicit belief in the powers of the tohunga.


From Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand:

"Early contact

For Ngāti Maniapoto, like many other tribes, early European contact was with whalers, traders and missionaries. Early European settlers had the biggest impact on the tribe, taking prominent Maniapoto women as their wives. Pākehā–Māori unions

Louis Hetet was a French settler who married a Maniapoto woman. He first visited New Zealand around 1835 on a whaling ship, and returned in 1842 to settle at Paripari (near Te Kūiti). He married Te Rangituatahi, daughter of the influential Maniapoto chief, Taonui Hīkaka. They had four children: George Ngātai, John Taonui, Henry Mate-ngaro, and Mere Te Wai. The three sons proved themselves as businessmen in the early days of the King Country. Their descendants are well-known members of Ngāti Maniapoto. Mere Te Wai married Te Toko Turner, the son of another prominent Pākehā–Māori, William Turner, who gave rise to the large Turner family.

Numerous notable Maniapoto families grew from other mixed marriages – the Searanckes, Barretts, Ormsbys, Bells, Andersons, Emerys, Hughes (Huihi) and others. Their descendants have featured prominently in the affairs of the tribe and the region since. Economic ventures

Louis Hetet managed one of several flour mills which supported the tribe’s thriving endeavours in cultivation and industry up until the 1850s. Wheat, oats and maize were grown, pigs were reared and flax was dressed and sent to the Auckland market and beyond. Ngāti Maniapoto also owned the ships Rere-wiki, Parininihi, Re-wini and Aotearoa."

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Louis Hétet's Timeline

March 6, 1815
June 3, 1815
Bishop's Castle, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 28
Te Kuiti, Waikato, New Zealand
Age 56
New Zealand
Waikato, New Zealand
Waikato, New Zealand
Te Kuiti, Waikato, New Zealand