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Tau Henare MP

Raymond Tau Henare (born 29 September 1960) is a former New Zealand Māori parliamentarian. In representing three different political parties in parliament—New Zealand First, Mauri Pacific...

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Pareteuenga Reo Piki Tata (deceased)

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Kataraina Morere Thompson (b. - 1854)

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Ehaku Moewaka (deceased)

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Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor General of New Zealand MP

Lieutenant General Sir Jeremiah "Jerry" Mateparae, GNZM, QSO (born 14 November 1954) is New Zealand's 20th and Niue's 9th Governor-General, the second Māori person to hold the office (after Sir ...

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Te Koha John Hoterene (1897 - 1977)

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Moana Nui Akiwa Anaru (deceased)

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Heteraka Waimate Anaru (1900 - 1982)

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Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata (1874 - 1950)

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Tāmati Wāka Nene (1785 - 1871)

Nene was born probably in the 1780s. He was the second son of Tapua, leader and tohunga of Ngati Hao of Hokianga, and the younger brother of Patuone, the inheritor of their father's mana. By descent an...

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Winston Raymond Peters MP

Winston Raymond Peters (born 11 April 1945) is a New Zealand politician and leader of New Zealand First, a political party he founded in 1993. Peters has had a turbulent political career since entering...

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Billy T. James MP (1948 - 1991)

Billy T. James was a New Zealand comedian who was popular as an actor throughout the '80s. Born William James Taitoko in 1948 in Waikato, New Zealand, he was of Maori heritage. He developed his comedy ...

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Hare Pomare MP (b. - c.1864)

Hare Pomare the son of Pomare II of Ngati Manu married Hariata, a Nga Puhi woman from Te Ahuahu, near Ohaeawai, was the daughter of Pikimana Tutapuiti. Both Hariata and Hare were young adults when they...

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Willie Apiata MP

Willie Apiata VC, born Bill Henry Apiata (born 28 June 1972 in Mangakino, New Zealand) is a Corporal in the New Zealand Special Air Service and the first recipient of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand...

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Dame Whina Cooper MP (1895 - 1994)

Dame Whina Cooper ONZ DBE (9 December 1895 – 26 March 1994), was born Hohewhina Te Wake, daughter of Heremia Te Wake of the Te Rarawa iwi, at Te Karaka, Hokianga, From an early age she showed ...

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Tane Tinorau Opataia MP (b. - 1905)

Tane Tinorau was raised in the Waitomo area and was instrumental in developing the Glowworm Cave as an attraction in 1888. He and Frederick Mace are thought to be the first explorers of the Glowworm Ca...

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Te Whiti o Rongomai (c.1830 - 1907)

Maori Spiritual Leader and Prophet

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Te Kooti Arikirangi Te Turuki MP (1832 - 1891)

On November 10, 1868, Te Kooti and his followers attacked the township of Matawhero on the outskirts of Gisborne. Some 54 people were slaughtered, including women and children. The dead included 22 loc...

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Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana MP (1873 - 1939)

Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana (25 January 1873 – 18 September 1939) T.W. Ratana had a spiritual revalation at the age of 44 and went on to found the Ratana religion. He became known for...

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Brian Raymond Tamaki MP

Brian Raymond Tamaki (born 2 February 1958) heads Destiny Church, a Pentecostal Christian organisation in New Zealand which advocates strict adherence to fundamentalist biblical morality, and is notabl...

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Paeroke Rawiri Jenkins (1823 - 1853)

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Te Rata Heemi Tipene (deceased)

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Whakarongotai Waa (1864 - 1927)

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Kautawarua Terewhare (1786 - d.)

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Te Paenga MUKAI (1815 - d.)

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Retireti Tapsell (c.1836 - 1913)

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Ewa Hooper (1839 - 1864)

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Heremia Te Wake (c.1838 - 1918)

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Te Hira Te Kawau (deceased)

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Ngawini Mackay (deceased)

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Hapakuku Moetara (1836 - d.)

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Korohina Tukaki (deceased)

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Maraea Hapimana (deceased)

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Apihaka Tuwhare (1847 - d.)

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Hemi Whautere Witehira (1881 - 1965)

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Te Aroha Witehira (1924 - 1997)

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Erana Kareariki Edmonds (1825 - d.)

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Tita Rangiriri Luke (deceased)

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Manukura Mahuki (deceased)

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Werawera Ereni Hetet (1865 - d.)

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Te Manihera Waititi (deceased)

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Tuihana KARANGAROA (1905 - 1949)

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Puai MP (c.1800 - d.)

Puai, a high ranking wahine, and her first husband Reka were held captive during the sacking of Onawe Pa by Te Rauparaha. On their way home, Te Rauparaha and his war party stopped at Goughs Bay (Okarur...

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Ngātoro-i-rangi MP (deceased)

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Kupe, Discoverer of Aotearoa (New Zealand) MP (c.900 - c.950)

According to tribal narratives, Kupe was the first Polynesian to discover the islands of New Zealand. His journey there was triggered by difficulties with fishing in Hawaiki, his homeland. Apparently t...

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Kuramarotini MP (deceased)

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Rongorongo MP (deceased)

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Turi, Captain of the Aotea Waka MP (deceased)

Turi was the great navigator who voyaged from Rangiatea to New Zealand, probably about fifty years before the arrival of Tainui, approx 800 years ago. He made his first settlement in the bay he calle...

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Kaharau-manawa-kotiti MP (deceased)

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Koukou Te Kapa (1819 - 1844)

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Hakiri Kararaina Kiti (c.1817 - 1907)

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Mohi Te Hokaanga Minarapa (deceased)

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Mere Pianika (Mary Bianca) Rangihurihia Ormsby MP (1828 - 1905)

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Wakaiwa Rawinia Barrett (c.1811 - c.1849)

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Pukepuke Ahitapu MP (deceased)

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Te Maoi MP (b. - c.1807)

Nga Puhi chief of Ngai Tawake hapu. Involved in Maori inter-tribal battles from the late 1700s-1807 where he was killed at the battle of Moremonui against the Ngati Whatua. Sketch by Natanahira Pon...

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Moka MP (deceased)

Moka was involved in numerous Maori Inter tribal battles during the 'Musket Wars' late 1810s-early 1830s. Moka was shot at the Battle of Te Ika-a-ranganui, near the Kaiwaka River, in 1825 against the...

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Hoani Te Ratunuku Kahu (1777 - 1887)

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Tarawaiterangi (deceased)

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Rere-o-maki (b. - 1868)

Treaty of Waitangi signatory

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Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui MP (b. - 1898)

Te Keepa Te Rangihiwinui (died 15 April 1898) was Māori military commander and noted ally of the government forces during the New Zealand Wars. First known as Te Rangihiwinui, he was later known...

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Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei MP

Metiria Leanne Agnes Stanton Turei (born 1970) is a New Zealand member of Parliament and the female co-leader of the Green Party alongside Russel Norman. As of 2013 she is the Green Party spokesperso...

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Benji Marshall MP

Benjamin Quentin "Benji" Marshall (born 25 February 1985) is a professional rugby union footballer with the Auckland Blues of the Super 15. He previously played rugby league as a goal-kicking five-eigh...

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Erueti Tamaikoha MP (b. - 1915)

Erueti Tamaikoha, leader of the Ngāi Tama and Te Whakatāne hapū. Tamaikoha was involved in the peace compact negotiated between the Urewera hapū and the government in 1871.

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Possum Bourne MP (1956 - 2003)

Peter Raymond George "Possum" Bourne (13 April 1956 – 30 April 2003) was a champion New Zealand rally car driver. He died under non-competitive circumstances while driving on a public road that ...

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Te Maiharoa (deceased)

Te Maiharoa, who was also known as Hipa, was born probably at Te Wai-a-te-ruati, in the Arowhenua area near Te Umukaha (Temuka), early in the nineteenth century. His father was Te Rehi-oriori, and his ...

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Whakatangi (deceased)

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Eruera Maihi Patuone (c.1764 - 1872)

Eruera Maihi Patuone (1760s?-1872) Patuone was a Ngā Puhi leader and tohunga of Ngāti Hao of Hokianga, a peacemaker, trader, and government adviser. He was one of the signatories of the...

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Tuhourangi MP (deceased)

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Mahuta MP (deceased)

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Koroki MP (deceased)

The eponymous ancestor of Ngāti Koroki. After being insulted by Taowhakairo, a descendant of Kauwhata, with the aid of his Waikato cousins he, and his sons, waged war on Ngāti Kauwhata an...

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Parekairoro (c.1774 - d.)

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Pōtātau Te Wherowhero, Maori King MP (c.1800 - 1860)

Te Wherowhero was born in Waikato towards the end of the eighteenth century. He was the eldest son of a Waikato warrior chief, Te Rau-anga-anga, and Parengaope of Ngati Koura. He belonged to the senior...

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Te Rauparaha (c.1760 - 1849)

Te Rauparaha was the son of Werawera, of Ngati Toa, and his second wife, Parekowhatu (Parekohatu), of Ngati Raukawa. He is said to have been a boy when Captain James Cook was in New Zealand. If so, it ...

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Te Kapa (deceased)

signatory on the Treaty of Waitangi

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Pokeka (deceased)

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Mere Titope Kaikanui Pakinui (1824 - 1872)

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Te Whe (deceased)

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Ripeka Meretene (deceased)

Ripeka Meretene, of Ngai Tapuhara hapu of Ngati Kahungunu, had been brought from Paihia by Colenso as a member of his household. Seeking solace from the coldness of his marriage, Colenso began an affai...

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Maata Hoewaka Te Aopukahu (1811 - d.)

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Ihaia Te Ngārara MP (1828 - 1904)

Bush Advocate, 30 June 1904 Ihaia te Ngarara, one of the principal chiefs of this district, died at Tahoraiti pa last night. The deceased chief held large interests in the Tahoraite, Tamaki, Tiratu, an...

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Tamaherangi (deceased)

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Pukahu (deceased)

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Zac Guildford MP

Zachary Robert Guildford (born 8 February 1989) is a New Zealand Rugby Union player who plays for the Crusaders in the Super 15. He also plays provincial rugby for Hawke's Bay and was selected for the ...

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Makereta Hare Petricevich MP (c.1890 - 1924)

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John Henry Tamihere MP

John Henry Tamihere (born 1959) is a New Zealand media personality and former politician. He served as a Cabinet minister in the governing Labour Party from August 2002 to 3 November 2004. Tamihere w...

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Hamoterangi MP (deceased)

Hamoterangi, Porourangi’s wife, came with the Ikaroa-a-Rauru canoe migration. Other canoes such as Mangarara, Kurahaupō, and Ārai-te-uru are sometimes named in association with Ng&...

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Matarena Waitangi (1820 - 1906)

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Rangikurukuru (deceased)

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Whetoi Pomare II MP (b. - 1850)

Ngapuhi chief.

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Whawhakia MP (deceased)

Whawhakia Whawhakia was born in 1640 at Te Rape, in the Whatawhata region. She was one of the daughters of Ruateatea and Hinekino (Parekino). Whawhakia married Pakaraka, a Chief of Ngati Naho and N...

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Porourangi MP (deceased)

The Ngāti Porou tribe derive their name from the ancestor Porourangi. According to the Ngāti Porou scholar Sir Āpirana Ngata, Porourangi and his brother Tahupōtiki inherited...

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Paikea "The Whale Rider" Kahutia-te-rangi MP (deceased)

Paikea The epic character Paikea is a key ancestor who came to New Zealand on the back of a whale. His story is shadowed by treachery in Hawaiki, where a battle took place over family status and riva...

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Nanaia MP (deceased)

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Te Whatanui MP (1770 - 1849)

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Raukawa MP (deceased)

Raukawa is an aromatic plant which Māhinaarangi used as perfume for her nightly rendezvous with her Tainui lover, Tūrongo. They named their son, the ancestor of Ngāti Raukawa, afte...

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Rangotangiawa (deceased)

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Hoturoa, Captain of the Tainui Waka MP (c.1300 - d.)

HOTUROA (c. 1350). High priest and commander of Tainui canoe. Hoturoa was born in Hawaiki, the son of Auauterangi and Kuotepo, and was distantly related to Tama te Kapua. According to Maori tradi...

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Te Waata Taranui (deceased)

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Kahungunu MP (deceased)

Kahungunu (also known as Kahu-hunuhunu) was born at the Tinotino pā in Ōrongotea (later named Kaitāia). His father subsequently moved to the Tauranga area, where Kahungunu grew to ...

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