Takerei Rauangaanga


Ngāti Mahuta (? - 1878)

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Takerei was a leading Waikato rangatira of Ngāti Mahuta and didn't care to associate with Pākehā. He joined in the 20 November 1863 fight to defend Rangiriri pā and was taken prisoner there by government troops. With others he was confined in the hulk of the Marion in Auckland Harbour and was released on parole on the condition that he remained in Auckland and not return to Waikato.

Takerei Te Rauangaanga was a relative of King Tawhiao and was his principal advisor. He was a major landowner, but lost all his property in the confiscations that followed the New Zealand land wars at Waikato.1

A newspaper report covering his tangihana in January 1878 stated he had two children whom he survived. His daughter Te Paea Te Rau died from gunshot wounds in the retreat from Rangiriri and his son Amuketi was killed at Rangiriri. It was estimated he was aged 75 years at his death. Takerei was survived by a grand-daughter, a mokopuna from his daughter Te Paea Te Rau.2



  1. Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Waikato - War and its aftermath', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 4 March 2009, accessed 28 January 2010.
  2. 'Alexandra', Waikato Times, Rōrahi XL, Putanga 914, 26 Kohitātea 1878, p 2 Papers Past, accessed 28 January 2010.
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  • Anonymous

    At 4pm on 5 July 2013

    nga mihi o te ra, Ki ora Iam trying to find my childrens whakapapa that links up to Rauanganga,if you have any whakapapa on Takerei Te Rauanganga please email me.

  • Robert Te.Rangitamiro Huirama Osborne - Ngati Tamainupo,Ngati Te.Huaki, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Te.Ata, Ngati Kuri

    At 6pm on 13 March 2013

    I am a grandson of (Thomas) Tamati Nepia Manuwhiri Ngapora Amuketi. His father was Nepia who married WaatiWaati Te Tuhi also known as (Tarahawaiki). Nepia father name was Amuketi (Te.Whata) who died at Rangiriri in 1863 and married Te.Wairakau. Just seeing if there is any Whakapapa connection to Takarei Te.Rauangaanga.

  • Rosemary Deane

    At 9am on 8 March 2013

    Would this be the Tu Takarei referred to by James Cowan in his book "Fairy folk tales"? The legend "A basket of eels?". Thanks.

  • Fernando M

    At 4pm on 18 December 2010

    I am for the other side of the world, from South America, while writing a song (I am a musician) the word takerei just came to my mind without never having heard it, intrigued I looked it up and came up with the name. Does it mean anything? does anyone know? can anyone lead me or give me a bit more info about the word, name, I just would like to know more (I apologize if this isn't the place to post such perhaps, mundane question, I don't mean to offend,)

  • Wiremu Puke - Ngati Wairere

    At 12am on 31 August 2010

    Kiaora. Takarei Te Rauangaanga was my great grand mothers 1st husband. Her name was Kameta Te Tuhi, grand daughter to Patara Te Tuhi. She was betrothed to Takarei at the age of 13- 16 some in 1856. Takarei Te Rauangaanga was a cousin to Potatau te Wherowhero. He lived near Te Kowhai at a Pa named Wakapaku, a Ngati Mahuta settlement as the main chief and was visited by Dr Ferdinand von Hochsetter in 1859. He died in 1875 at Te Kopua Raglan and is buried there.

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