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Whetoi Pomare belonged to the Ngāpuhi, Te Uri Karaka and Ngāti
Manu people of Te Taitokerau. His father was Te Tautoro and his
mother was Haki, sister of Pomare-nui. His given name was Whiria.
He took the name Whetoi on the occasion of his uncle Pomare's death
to remind his people of their duty to avenge their former leader,
and became known as Pomare II.
He married Rangingangana of Ngāti Raukawa, only daughter of
Chief Whatanui. Both men were painted by Lindauer. This portrait of
Whetoi Pomare was painted in 1896, almost 50 years after his
Whetoi Pomare signed the Treaty of Waitangi and his mark is the
third on the Treaty document.1
Five years after the signing, Pomare's fortress at the headland of
Otuihu in the Bay of Islands was bombed by HMS North Star
and then razed by its crew.2
He moved his people to the Karetu Valley between Paihia and
Kawakawa and opposed the Government and missionary presence in the
district up until his death in July 1850.
Some of his descendants still reside in the Karetu valley at
Taumarere. Whanau names include the Sullivan's or Harawene's,
Pomare's, Pirimona's, Wynyard's, Conlon's, Campbells, Morgan's,
Davis and Wilson's.3
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