Wiremu Tamihana

 

Ngāti Haua (? – 1866)

Iwi map - Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi Te WaharoaIWI / HAPU AFFILIATIONS

Tarapipipi was the second son of Te Waharoa of Ngati Haua. His mother was Rangi Te Wiwini. He was born at Tamahere, on the Horotiu plains. Tamihana married Ita, daughter of Pohepohe of Matamata. She died in May 1840 at Te Tapiri. Tamihana later married Pare-te-Kanawa (also called Wikitoria), another daughter of Pohepohe. They had at least three sons, Hotene, Tupu Tainga-kawa, and Tana Tainga-kawa, and a daughter, Te Raumako (Te Reo). Tarapipipi participated in the fighting expeditions of Ngāti Haua and would eventually come under the influence of Christianity, learning to read and write within six months of having access to the written word.1

On 23 June 1839 Tarapipipi was baptised by Reverend A. N. Brown at Tauranga. He was given the name Wiremu Tamihana (William Thompson), and embarked on a life of teaching and preaching in the Tauranga and Matamata districts. Tarapipipi put into practice the Christian teachings he had embraced within a traditional Māori framework, and guided his people to do likewise. The influence of missionaries was important, but qualities of intellect, and leadership, courage, eloquence and diplomacy, were of far greater significance in the life of Wiremu Tamihana.2

He was a leading advocate for a Māori King movement and blessed the first Māori King Te Wherowhero by placing his bible on his head.3 His direct descendants perform this ritual as seen at the coronation of Kingi Tuheitia in 2006. Tamihana is remembered as the Māori King Maker.

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  1. Evelyn Stokes, 'Te Waharoa, Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi ? - 1866', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 2 March 2010.
  2. Evelyn Stokes, 'Te Waharoa, Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi ? - 1866', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 2 March 2010.
  3. Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Waikato - The King movement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 4 March 2009, accessed 2 March 2010.
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  • Kevin West - Ngati Apakura

    At 1pm on 10 June 2014

    Kia Ora, It was my family that gifted our tupuna Rahapa Te Hauata (Paoa) toanga to the Te Awamutu Museum. The West family are very pleased with the outcome & having Rahapa descendants being able to view them. Nga Mihi Kevin.

  • Edda Phyllis McCabe - NgatiPorou; Ng. Mahanga, Tipa, Tahinga, Te Ata, Karewa

    At 2pm on 5 May 2014

    Kia ora to Matilda, Jacqui Graham, Manu Rhind & Alfred (Sonny) Rhind. I have been researching Te Hororiri Hikaurua Matenga (TAMIHANA) line. Hororiri was (Raima) Rangiterewaka and Rangiweu and Ben Thompson etc father. Matilda I've phoned your cell a couple of times but get your voice mail. TO DATE; WE DO NOT WHAKAPAPA to Tarapipi TAMEHANA. I have a photo of nanny Rairai who came to my 21st at Waipiro Bay, East Coast with whanau from Waikato in 1977 and a b&w photo of her that aunty Hanareta & uncle Paddy gave me when they lived in Porirua East. Ph:06-863-1146 or email eddam@xtra.co.nz Cheers, Phyllis McCabe (nee Noble). my dad was Tom Noble and Matilda will remember him.

  • Phyllis McCabe (nee Noble)

    At 2pm on 3 March 2014

    Message for Matilda Rhind whose mother was my nanny Rairai Tamihana whose first husband was aunty Hana Oti's dad. Please contact me on 06-863-1146 (Gisborne). Leave a message too if I'm unavailable. I have some stuff for you. Phyllis McCabe (nee Noble). My nanny was Rangiweu (Raima's sister).

  • Katarina Daly - Maniapoto

    At 9am on 18 February 2014

    Kia Ora, what is the connection between Rahapa Te Hauata and this tupuna???? Some help would be good. Thank you

  • Leigh Lovett - Ngati Haua / Ngati Maniapoto

    At 12pm on 11 October 2013

    Kia Ora, I work at a rest home/hospital in Taupo, we have this portrait plus others that has been on our walls, i am trying to find names of these portraits, who they are, and where they are from, now because they were taken down a year and a half ago, because to a particular resident these portraits are intimidating to her, so she asked the manager if she could take them down, and replace them with her own art, which became boring to some, staff included, now as far as i know, i've been nursing there for 2yrs now and these portraits have been there as long as anyone can remember, so i had permission to put them back up, this resident and her fellow residents who lives upstairs in an indepentant units, which where these portraits are have nothing to do with her and her friends, she is angry that these are back up and her fellow friends are making horrible coments abouts these, help!!!!

  • Angeline Thompson - Waikato mete Maniapoto. Haua, Ngati Haua Ngati Poa, Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Koroki

    At 7pm on 3 June 2013

    Kiaora, Angeline Tamihana Toku ingoa. "Wow" this site is awsome! I have been wanting to know who my grtgrtgrtgrt grandfather Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi parents are. This is awsome website to checkout catchup. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    At 7am on 26 May 2013

    thank you for the tools you have left us ,an your vision for all people to have hope or faith,an to trust in our lord our God For me ,whenI see you Granddad i see unity An to have Unity Is the greatest thing you could ever want

  • Matilda Rhind - Ngati Paua and Ngati Haua

    At 11am on 12 May 2013

    Thanks for your message Paretutaki, however I am still looking for my mother Raima Tamihana's whose partner was Kiki Rhind and they had three children, eldest myself Matilda Rhind, then Marion and also Sonny. I am looking for Riama's fathers name foremost, and also her mother's name. Her mother is connected to Jane Marshall from the Port Waikato somehow. We were bought up in the Pukekohe area and Tuakau and related to the whanau at Port Waikato, the Cooper's, Raiwiri's , Williams and Marshalls. Kia ora Matilda

  • Paretutaki Hayward - Ngati Mahanga, Ngati Hourua, Ngati Koroki-Kahukura

    At 1am on 9 May 2013

    Wiremu Tamehana Tarapipi, son of Waharoa was first married to Ita, she died, and he married her sister, Pare Te Kanawa alias Wikitoria Pohepohe. They had four children that I know of, 1.Hotene Tamihana, 2. Tupu Taingakawa 3. Harete (F) and 4. Te Raumako (F). Pare Te Kanawa was the daughter of Pohepohe, who signed the Waikato version of the Treaty in 1840. Pohepohe was in turn the son of the Chief Muriwhenua and his wife Raumako. Kia ora Koutou

  • Matilda Rhind - Ngati Paua and Ngati Haua

    At 1pm on 7 May 2013

    Hi I am looking for Raima Tamihana's parents names (both her mother and father) if anybody knows them. I would like to know what Hapu they belong to. Does anybody have any information on Wiremu Tamihana's mother and father? I am also wanting to know what, if any, connection Raima Tamihana's father has to Wiremu Tamihana. If so could I have Wiremu Tamihana's mother's name please, as I am trying to do my Whakapapa on the Tamihana side. Whaka aroha ahau mo taku taupuna Matilda

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