Tamihana Te Rauparaha

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Tamihana (born Katu) Te Rauparaha (1820s – October 1876) was a notable New Zealand Māori leader, Christian evangelist, writer and sheepfarmer and assessor. He was born in Pukearuhe, Taranaki, New Zealand, the son of the great Ngati Toa leader Te Rauparaha and his fifth and senior wife, Te Akau of Tuhourangi.[1]

In 1842 Tamihana worked as a missionary in the South Island, easing fears of renewed conflict from his father's old enemies. The following year he married Ruta Te Kapu in Otaki. In the 1850s after a visit to England where he was presented to the Queen Victoria, Tamihana became supportive of the idea of a Māori King to unify tribes.[2] Initially he joined the King movement in opposing the selling of Maori land to the government, but when a chief of Te Ati Awa, Wiremu Kingi got into conflict with the government over the sale of land at Waitara, he broke with the movement and sided with the government over issues of land and sovereignty.[3]


  1. ^ Oliver, Steven. "Tamihana Te Rauparaha". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tamihana Te Rauparaha". Social Justice Commission of the Anglican Church. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Encyclopedia of NZ.T Te Rauparaha.