Ripeka Wharawhara Love

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Ripeka Love with four of her children, 1916

Ripeka Wharawhara Love OBE (28 June 1882 – 6 April 1953) was a New Zealand community leader. She was born on 28 June 1882[1] and was a member of Te Āti Awa.[2]

At age 15, Ripeka Love married Wi Hapi Pakau Love with whom she had ten children, seven surviving infancy. Two of the male children were Eruera Te Whiti o Rongomai Love and Makere Rangiatea Ralph Love. She was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1918.[3]


  1. ^ Ballara, Angela. "Ripeka Wharawhara Love". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ Brookes, Barbara (15 February 2016). A History of New Zealand Women. Bridget Williams Books. p. 116. ISBN 9780908321469.
  3. ^ "Order of the British Empire". Otago Daily Times. 5 October 1918. Retrieved 31 October 2018.