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Tokomaru Bay Maori families.

Greetings from Hukanui / Gordonton, in the Waikato.

Our ANZAC committee are keen to learn more about a Tokomaru Bay born and buried man P. Tewai who’s name the community placed upon their Obelisk / Cenotaph which was unveiled on October 16th 1918, three weeks before the Armistice signing.

Mrs Henry believes that this young man, while working in our community, possibly signed up with her Uncle Amo PENE, the other Maori name on the Obelisk, and would love to host members of the Tokomaru Bay clan at our service, or when passing through Gordonton.

From service records we know he served in both WWI and WWI and was still in active service as an ATC Instructor in the South Auckland Province, when he died at Gisborne aged 63, in February 1959. and buried at Tokomaru Bay.

From the Gisborne District Cemetery records we see he is buried in plot TKH 100 Tokomaru Bay Cemetery which we presume is a public cemetery, and not a Marae Urupo.

There is no mention of immediate family on his plaque, so I assume that what looks like a marriage in 1925 to a Pua Ngareta MILLIGAN did not last. I see there are some Maori Land Court records in the name of Pua Ngareta CLARKE which may be her, but because of the 80 and 100 year privacy rules I only have online access to historic Birth Death and Marriage records.

Our search for information, and photos of the Obelisk, has been posted on a genealogy forum here:-


Any assistance you can offer would be much appreciated,

Yours sincerely,


Dairying Heritage Research
Early Pioneer Research
Local history and family research.

Kia ora Allan,
I have forwarded your query to a number of relevant facebook Pages.

kiaora, my name is Richard Houkamau an I am doing an assignment on my marae-Tuatini ki Tokomaru. My kuia Betty Bartlett nee Matehe whose mother was Hikihiki Matehe nee C

prominent tupuna-date of erection of marae- na wai i whakaturia? any local korero of marae. my purpose of my research is to find out my ruatauparetanga connections. My kuia was Betty Bartlett nee Matehe- Hikihiki Matehe were my grand and great grand mothers. etahi atu kupu ohaki o nga tupuna i tuku iho mai ki a tatou

Kia ora,

My name is Julia Hyde from the Outlook for Someday project. We would like to book your Marae for up to 27 people on the 28 and 29 July 2015. Can you please call 09 827 6050 to discuss ?

Nga mihi,


Kia ora Julia, our website does not take bookings for the marae. However I will pass on your enquiry to some people from that rohe, that may be able to help you out.