Wiremu Tamihana


Ngāti Haua (? – 1866)

Iwi map - Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi Te WaharoaIWI / HAPU AFFILIATIONS

Tarapipipi was the second son of Te Waharoa of Ngati Haua. His mother was Rangi Te Wiwini. He was born at Tamahere, on the Horotiu plains. Tamihana married Ita, daughter of Pohepohe of Matamata. She died in May 1840 at Te Tapiri. Tamihana later married Pare-te-Kanawa (also called Wikitoria), another daughter of Pohepohe. They had at least three sons, Hotene, Tupu Tainga-kawa, and Tana Tainga-kawa, and a daughter, Te Raumako (Te Reo). Tarapipipi participated in the fighting expeditions of Ngāti Haua and would eventually come under the influence of Christianity, learning to read and write within six months of having access to the written word.1

On 23 June 1839 Tarapipipi was baptised by Reverend A. N. Brown at Tauranga. He was given the name Wiremu Tamihana (William Thompson), and embarked on a life of teaching and preaching in the Tauranga and Matamata districts. Tarapipipi put into practice the Christian teachings he had embraced within a traditional Māori framework, and guided his people to do likewise. The influence of missionaries was important, but qualities of intellect, and leadership, courage, eloquence and diplomacy, were of far greater significance in the life of Wiremu Tamihana.2

He was a leading advocate for a Māori King movement and blessed the first Māori King Te Wherowhero by placing his bible on his head.3 His direct descendants perform this ritual as seen at the coronation of Kingi Tuheitia in 2006. Tamihana is remembered as the Māori King Maker.


  1. Evelyn Stokes, 'Te Waharoa, Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi ? - 1866', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 2 March 2010.
  2. Evelyn Stokes, 'Te Waharoa, Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi ? - 1866', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 2 March 2010.
  3. Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Waikato - The King movement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 4 March 2009, accessed 2 March 2010.
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  • Matilda Rhind - Ngati Paua and Ngati Haua

    At 11am on 12 May 2013

    Thanks for your message Paretutaki, however I am still looking for my mother Raima Tamihana's whose partner was Kiki Rhind and they had three children, eldest myself Matilda Rhind, then Marion and also Sonny. I am looking for Riama's fathers name foremost, and also her mother's name. Her mother is connected to Jane Marshall from the Port Waikato somehow. We were bought up in the Pukekohe area and Tuakau and related to the whanau at Port Waikato, the Cooper's, Raiwiri's , Williams and Marshalls. Kia ora Matilda

  • Paretutaki Hayward - Ngati Mahanga, Ngati Hourua, Ngati Koroki-Kahukura

    At 1am on 9 May 2013

    Wiremu Tamehana Tarapipi, son of Waharoa was first married to Ita, she died, and he married her sister, Pare Te Kanawa alias Wikitoria Pohepohe. They had four children that I know of, 1.Hotene Tamihana, 2. Tupu Taingakawa 3. Harete (F) and 4. Te Raumako (F). Pare Te Kanawa was the daughter of Pohepohe, who signed the Waikato version of the Treaty in 1840. Pohepohe was in turn the son of the Chief Muriwhenua and his wife Raumako. Kia ora Koutou

  • Matilda Rhind - Ngati Paua and Ngati Haua

    At 1pm on 7 May 2013

    Hi I am looking for Raima Tamihana's parents names (both her mother and father) if anybody knows them. I would like to know what Hapu they belong to. Does anybody have any information on Wiremu Tamihana's mother and father? I am also wanting to know what, if any, connection Raima Tamihana's father has to Wiremu Tamihana. If so could I have Wiremu Tamihana's mother's name please, as I am trying to do my Whakapapa on the Tamihana side. Whaka aroha ahau mo taku taupuna Matilda

  • Delwyn May - Ngati Apakura

    At 9pm on 19 March 2013

    Kia Ora Anonymous, Rahpa Te Hauata is my ggg Grandmother, I have heard about the photo taken outside her home at Rangioawahia but have never seen it. Is there any possibility of me obtaining a copy of it for my tamariki? It would mean the world to them. I can be contacted at damays@ihug.co.nz Nga Mihi

  • Anonymous

    At 7pm on 9 March 2013

    This portraits are so powerfull ,absolutley unique , giving me goosebumps.My partner is related to Rahapa Te Hauata from Ngati Apakura she is his gggg mother she was married to Irish guy Thomas Power pionier in New Zealand ,we have her photo she was photographet outside her home at Rangioawahia recently my partner family donated all artifacts belongs to Rahapa(include a whalebone patu she was holding on the photo)to Te Awamutu Museum.

  • Jacqui graham

    At 2pm on 5 March 2013

    Mother of Manu Rhind Your mum wants to get in contact Details 0276177661 Please call

  • Jacqui graham

    At 1pm on 5 March 2013

    Kiaora Patricia My name is Jacqui Graham and my nanny is the lady Barbara you had mentioned I am also sitting here writing this to you with nanny Matilda sitting here and they are both overwhelmed with this site! They greatly want to get in touch with you if you can contact me at jacqui8graham@hotmail.com with a contact number for my nannys that would be really great! take care Kind regards Jacqui

  • soyra herbert - tainui

    At 8pm on 25 September 2012

    kiaora i am trying to locate information on Raima Tamihana rhind and her husband william kiki rhind, as their son Alfred(Sonny) Rhind is in need of more info of their date of births etc....Please email me if you can on soyraherbert@hotmail.com......my name is kui rhind herbert grandfather hohepa rhind.....

  • Patricia

    At 4am on 22 August 2012

    Dearest Manu, My name is Patricia - Raima Tamihana is my grandmother also. I remember Bill Rhind your grandpa and I grew up knowing him as my grandpa - I loved him dearly although not my blood grandpa. My mother is Hannah, Raima's eldest daughter, next is aunty Kiriwai (Connie) - my mothers full sister, then Aunty Vicky (your mum Matilda) and Aunty Barbara the youngest to Bill Rhind. I knew your mother Vicky very well and remember Wiremu and Tracey your elder brother and sister. I would also like to find out about where Raima comes in from Wiremu Tamihana. All I know is that Raima is the eldest of 2 sisters and their mother died and her father remarried - I was speaking to one of the Nobles (bought up with my mum and Aunty Connie) in the Waikato area. Since grandma had the last name Tamihana it must be through the male line. Contact me.

  • christopher william thompson

    At 1am on 11 June 2012

    I had this portrait in my bedroom growing up, it was given to me by my grandfather tiipene thompson as we apparently are direct descendants of wiremu, looking at my father years ago it must have been true, everybody who saw the portrait said it was a spitting image of my dad....curious about the gaps

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