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Hare Parata

Died 1909

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Hare Parata is the son of Parata Nuku, also named as Kaheno, and Mere Pawa or Ngahuia.

On his father’s side, he is the grandson of Tahuriao whose older brother Te Wehenga is the father of Te Matoha, Ropiha Moturoa and Wi Kingi Wairarapa. Tahuriao had three children. His daughter Matamangu married Rangiaururu of Ngati Maru and there were two sons, Tamati Te Matoha or Tamati Ngapuna who married Oriwia Atiraukawa, and Parata Nuku.

From his father’s side, Hare Parata is principally from Ngati Hamua or Te Matehou hapu of Te Atiawa. From his mother, Mere Pawa, he is connected to Te Matehou, Ngati Tuaho, Puketapu of Te Atiawa and Taranaki iwi. On his mother’s side he descends from Kura Kaewhao and Tuta through Mere Pawa’s parents Roriki and Tapaterauweke He is therefore closely connected to the aitanga of Tiroa and Tokowakarewa, Te Whetu and Hare Tiaki Puku, Hohepa Kopiri and Mere Rii, Te Moanapounamu and Tawhirikura, and James Heberley and Mata Te Naihi.

Hare’s sister, Ani Parata, died 27 July 1875 without leaving any surviving children and she is buried at Waipiro, Bolton Street. Both of Hare’s maternal grand parents, Roriki and Tapaterauweke, along with their daughters, Mere Pawa and Horima Tapa, are interred in Owhiti urupa at Waiwhetu.

Hare was married to Arihia Reweti, the daughter of Reihana Te Kamo who was also known as Reihana Reweti and Maraea who was the sister of Takata Ingo of Te Matehou. Arihia Reweti Parata died at Wellington in January 1876. Arihia and Hare had two daughters, namely, Hana Hare Parata who was born in 1865 and died in 1883 and Mere Piaka Parata who died at the age of 14 years.

The first Native Land Court hearings in Wellington were presided over by T.H. Smith and took place in 1868. In the first sitting in the Wellington Court, Hare took issue with Hohepa Kopiri’s children over rights to Lots 3, 4, 5 and 9 Pipitea Pa and was successful in defending his whanau right to lots 3,4 & 9.

Along with the lands in Pipitea Pa, he had rights at Orangi Kaupapa, Orongorongo, Taita Hutt Section 57, New Zealand Company Wellington Tenths and the present Waiwhetu Marae site, Hutt Section 19 Subsection 9, which had belonged to his mother Mere Pawa. After Hare’s death at Waiwhetu 23 June 1909, his land interest passed by will to Ani Enoka Love. However this willing of the land was later challenged in the Native Land Court.

References:

Wellington MB no. 1, p. 84-85, 104, 106-134, 137-138, 177, 187-188, 234-236, 256
Wellington MB no.1H, p. 194-196, 205-213, 307-308, 311-322, 344
Wellington MB no 3, p. 1-2; no.5, p. 2-4, 10, 78-90 ; no. 9, p. 75-76 ; no. 13, p. 223, 331, 354-363, 364-371, 374-376 ; no. 17, p. 130-131
MLC, Wanganui, Block Files, no. 36 ; no. 115 ; no. 64 ; no. 65 ; no. 84 ; no. 139

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