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Ma to Whakapapa koe e hono ki o whenua, ki o tipuna, ki o tikanga”


Your genealogy links you to your land, your ancestors and to the values and principles of who you are”


This whakapapa has been compiled to provide “Te whanau o te Porahu” with an appreciation of their Maori and Ngatiporou heritage, their history, their identity and their sense of belonging.



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The whakapapa also proudly highlights our Our Spanish, Portuguese and English heritages are also proudly highlighted in this whakapapa.

This document, which focuses primarily on the whakapapa of our mother Edith May Hovell (Fox) Clarke

will help us appreciate the quest for our Polynesian ancestors, who set sail from their motherland Hawaiki Nui, Hawaiki Roa and Hawaiki Pamamao so that we may continue in their foot prints to explore and conquer.


  1. The contents of the document provide evidence of our link to the great warrior Tu Whakairiora, and to our earlier ancestors Porourangi, Paikea and Uenuku (paramount chief of Hawaiiki Nui)


  1. Early Polynesian seafarers Kupe and Toi Kairakau, who played a prominent role in the discovery and colonisation of Aotearoa over 1000 years ago are proudly included.


  1. We recognise the arrival of Te Whironui upon the Nukutere, his wife Araiara and their daughter Huturangi, settling at the Te Kautuku and later to be joined by Kahutia-te-rangi (who in due time assumed the name of his whale Paikea)


  1. The whakapapa also includes Rongomaituaho, son of Kahutia-te-rangi (Paikea) through a prior relationship in Hawaiki-nui.


  1. The lineage to Ruawaipu has been included to support her mana over the whenua of Ruawaipu (Encompassing the region North of the Waiapu river to Potaka.)


  1. The link to the South Island (Ngai-tahu) through Tahu Potiki., younger brother of Porourangi , and his quest to win over his older brothers’ wife (Hamo-te-rangi)


  1. The Porourangi whakapapa to Kahungunu and Mahinerangi indicates our link to the areas of Hawkes Bay (Kahungunu) and Waikato (Tainui).


  1. Hingangaroa , (After after who an early whare Wananga) school of learning (Traditional traditional carving base at Tolaga Bay) was to be named after.


  1. We note the sons of Porourangi (Hau te rangi and Ueroa) and the dispute over a woman one ‘Takotowaimua


  1. The aspiration of Hauiti (The youngest son of Hingangaroa) to kill his siblings to take his father’s mana.


  1. Allowing the three young daughters of Poroumata and whaena (Te Atakura, Materoa and Tawhipare) to survive spelt the eradication of the tribes of Ngatiruanuku and Wahineiti. (Whareponga and beyond)


  1. The whakapapa has includes included Uehenga Paraoa , which supports Tuwhakairiora’ s link to Opotiki (Whakatohea – Ohiwa).


  1. We also note the names of some of the greatest warriors of their time. : Tuhorouta, Raramatai, Tinatoka, Tu Terangikatipu, Karuwai, Te Rangi-e-te-kehua, Kautaharua, Ponapatukia, Rarawa, Porou, Tamahae, Apanui Ringamu, Pakanuitu, Hauiti, etc.


  1. Many powerful women of their time are also included, : Ruawaipu, Tamateaupoko, Hinemaurea Rongomaitapui, Ruataupare, Hinerupe, Te Ao Tawarirangi, Rakairoa (2), Te Aotaihi,


  1. Pre-Tuwhakairiora era we see the names of great warriors in Tahania, Tamakoro, Uetaha, Raramatai, etc. and their mission to reclaim the land of their tipuna Tamateaupoko which was taken by brute-force generations earlier by a nomad tribe from the Bay of Plenty (Ngaoho) (Some authorities believe that the tribe Ngaoho is also affiliated with factions of Wahineiti and Ngatiruanuku.)


  1. Huria to tuara kia Hine NgarangaraThe code given, to reclaim their ancestral land from Ngaoho


  1. The whakapapa also indicates the connection of Te Whanau a Apanui to Te Arawa through Turirangi.



  1. The inclusion of the kingship line of Te Kani a takirau indicates his link

to Te Araroa in particular to Rerekohu and Tu Whakairiora


  1. Ka ko nga kopara a Rongomaitapui” (The chattering bell birds of

Rongomaitapui) Through Hinerupe we are linked to these chattering

bell birds..


  1. We touch on the early leaders of Waiapu (Tikitiki – Poroporo – Rangitukia) in the children of Tamataua and Te Aokairau, (Hinepare, Te Aokairau, Putaanga, Rakaimataura and Huaanga)


  1. Nga ‘wekahu’ a Rakairoa. We refer to Rakairoa 1 and her great granddaughter Rakairoa 2 who married two brothers (Not at the same time) when the brothers passed away she married their father Roro (Son of Rakaimataura)


  1. The whakapapa provides a glimpse into the slaying of Apanui Waipapa and the reason for his 8 children to depart in haste to the safety of Maraenui (Bay of Plenty)


  1. We touch on Ngati-Mahanga and as a result of action by their chief Kiterangi to take trapped rats (Kiore) from Rarawas’ traps at Mangarangiora spelt their destiny at Otutemahurangi


  1. The leaders of Ngaitane of Rangitukia tuturu in Hinepare, Mataura etc are listed.


  1. The sub-tribe ofHinerupe ki Waiapu is indicated in the whakapapa and was initiated by Te Aotarewa. (Land granted by Makahuri son of Tu terangiwhiu and Atahaia)


  1. We trace the link from Tu Whakairiora’s oldest sister Te Aomihia to Tuterangiwhiu-iti, Tekoteko on Porourangi marae.


  1. Mahiti, partner of Karuai, his whakapapa is indicated through Rakaihoea.


  1. Te Whanau a Takimoana (2) link to Tu Whakairiora through Hunaara and Tuhorouta.


  1. We learn of Maori queen (Hine-Matioro living at Anaura Bay uponduring the arrival of Captain Cook. Hinematioro and her s‘Mana’ bestowed upon her grand-son Te Kani-a-takirau.u)


  1. Through Tuhirewha were link to Te Whanau a Apanui. Hinetera the mother of Tuhirewha was the eldest child of Taikorekore and Te Kawekuratawhiti. Taikorekore was the 4th. Son of Apanui Waipapa.


  1. Nga kuri paaka a Uetuhiao (Kuku, Tangatake and Korohau) which met their fate at Maniaroa are included. Utu was administered by Rongo-ite-kai mokopuna of Kuku by beheading Apanui toa Tu-tawhiwhirangi. (Our nanny Waimatao’s tipunas)


  1. Hikatoa Husband of Rakairoa 2 met his fate at Maniaroa. Utu was later administered later by their son Ponapatukia along with Karuai, Konohi, Mahiti and others.


  1. The whakapapa mentioned of Kakatarau (Kohere) Ngatiporou chief who was victorious against Te Whanau a Apanui at Okaroro (Rangitukia) and Toka a kuku (Te Kaha)


  1. The whakapapa provides proof of our link to Major Ropata Wwahawaha NZC, Te Kaitu and, Manuel Jose. It also mention of Mokena Kohere whom with Ropata, Henare and Tuta Nihoniho, were all prominent during the Maori wars (Hauhau) Cr. Mid 1800.


  1. Through our Hovell linlineagee we are linked to the 1066 Norman invasion of England under William the Conqueror “Battle of Hastings”


  1. Through this lineage line also we are linked to the first, second and third crusades of the Holy-land.


  1. This lineage linage links us to the Norman Kings of Southern Italy and Sicily (Robert and Roger De Hauville)


  1. The Spaniard link through Manuel Jose (Cr,1830s’) of Valverde – Segovia, Spain provides another interesting link as is the Portuguese link to Brazil through Manuel Lima.


  1. Through our father Hoterene Karaka we are linked to Whareponga, Te Aitanga a Materoa, Whanau a Rakairoa and Harataunga (Coromandel – Kennedy Bay).


  1. Through Miria the wife of Te Kaitu we are link to people across the Waiapu at Tikapa and Pokai.


  1. Through our Tipuna Te Iharaira Pokiha we recognise our connection to Major Ropata Wahawaha.. NZC






George Kelly Clarke

March 2011.


Whakapapa 2009


Ko to ngakau ki nga taonga a o tipuna hei tikitiki mo to mahuna.

Ko to wairua ki Te Atua, nana nei nga mea katoa

Sir Apirana Ngata







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