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Henare Potae belonged to the Ngāti Porou and Te Aitanga a Hauiti
people. His father was Te Potae Aute who signed the Treaty of
Waitangi1 in June 1840 at
Tokomaru Bay. His mother was Makere Te Materonea from Te Aitanga a
Hauiti. He married Tepora Kahukino and they had two children,
Wiremu and Keriana. For many years he was a member of the Church of
England, but in 1884 he was baptised into the Mormon faith with his
son Wiremu and his cousin Hone Te Whaia.2
On 29 April 1912, Mahuru Potae from Tokomaru Bay visited
the Lindauer Art Gallery in Auckland to see the portrait of Henare
Potae. This is the comment he left in the Māori Visitors' Book:
He nui te hari o toku ngakau mo taku tipuna Henare Potae. Kia
ora tonu te tangata ara a.
- I am so pleased at seeing my ancestor.
Henare Potae had his main kāinga at Tuatini in Tokomaru Bay. He died at
Kaiti, Gisborne, on 5 October 1895 and his tangihanga was held at Tokomaru Bay,
where he was buried with his father in the Tuatini urupa.3
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