Taraia Ngakuti Te
Principal chief of the Ngatitamatera tribe of Thames. Was an
unscrupulous treacherous, bloodthirsty savage. In 1842 he held the
last cannibal feast of Maori bodies; the victims being some
Tauranga Natives whom he murdered at Ongare near Katikati,
Taraia passed his latter years at Ohinemuri. At the time of the
Gate pa and Te Ranga fights he took a large number of his people to
Tauranga, but they did not join in the fighting.
His Grandson Haora Tareranui now Cheif of Ngatitamatera Tribe at
Belonged to the same people as Taraia Ngakuti. He was a pretty
good fellow, but intensely obstinate and for many years did his
utmost to prevent the Ohinemuri District being occupied by
Europeans for gold mining or other purposes. He finally with his
colleague Mere Kuru gave way in March 1895 and from that time until
his death lived quietly at Te Komata, near Paeroa.
11 AUG 98
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