RC2009/2/07/08 - Taraia Ngakuti Te Tumuhuia and Tukukino

Taraia Ngakuti Te Tumuhuia (deceased)

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, Tauranga.

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 the Thames.


Tukukino.  (deceased)

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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