Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa


Ngāti Horahia, Ngāti Titoki (1823 – 1920)

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Kamariera Te Hau Takari Wharepapa was born at Mangākahia. In 1863 he was one of 14 Māori who travelled to England aboard the ship Ida Ziegler under the sponsorship of Wesleyan missionary William Jenkins. While in England he was presented to Queen Victoria and married Elizabeth Reid, an English housemaid. The first of their five daughters was born on the return journey to New Zealand and the family settled in Maungakahia in 1864 where Elizabeth helped her husband lobby for a school, which was eventually built.

Wharepapa's marriage to Elizabeth Reid was published in the English Mail with the headline 'Amalgamation of the Races' to make public the idea that when English fathers give consent for their daughters to marry Māori, the races are amalgamated. They were married at the parish church of St Anne, Limehouse. Miss Reid was from the parish of Marylebone and they were married by Rev. E. Day.1

His marriage to Elizabeth Reid eventually broke down for it is said she tired of life on a Māori kāinga. Their daughter Mary Faith married artist Thomas Ryan on 1 July 1903, at St Mary's Cathedral, Auckland. Wharepapa died at Mangakahia in 1920.

While Lindauer painted this portrait in 1895, he was not the only artist to capture his likeness. Wharepapa was also photographed with Charles Goldie.


  1. ‘Local Intelligence’, Wellington Independent, vol XIX, issue 2078, 23 June 1864, p 2, Papers Past, accessed 2 March 2010.
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  • Wayne - Ngati Horahia

    At 2am on 11 August 2012

    There is also a Heke Wharepapa Korero FB page...connect tothat via FB and you will be connected to all the whanau of the Heke Rika's and the Mokena Wharepapa's....the 2 brothers Rauparaha and Kamariera Te hau Takiri Wharepapa.....Kamariera was his Baptism name....from Gamaliel.

  • Wayne - Ngati Horahia

    At 2am on 11 August 2012

    There is a get together and sharing of information on Labour Weekend 2012. If you are on FB...then connect via Face Book to the Te tarai O Rahiri marae site where you will find some info and where you can ask about the hui.

  • Henry elliot Wharepapa - Maungaroa te hapu, TE WHANAU-A-APANUI TE IWI

    At 12pm on 31 July 2012

    kia ora koutou i am researching my tipuna Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa so any bit of infomation about this man would be greatfully appreciated , thanking you's all

  • Jaynenne Delamere - Te Whanau a Apanui/ Ngati Porou

    At 9am on 15 June 2012

    Hi there my mother has me scaling the websites trying to find out information if there is a family reunion this year 2012 for the whanau. Please let us know as she would like to attend if there is. She comes from Te Araroa. Her name is Myrna Delamere. Thank you.

  • Rosemary Marsh - Ngapuhi/Kahungunu/Tainui

    At 5pm on 25 April 2012

    Hello to you all,My name is Rosemary Maihi Mokena Wharepapa, my given name Marsh. My tupuna to this branch is Kamariera Wharepapa on my dad side.Rauparaha Wharepapa on my mum side..Kamariera and Elizabeth Reid(Ingarani) also had 5 daughters one of whom was my great grandmother Edith Harriet m Pererika Heke they had Mane or Mundy m Pare Aranui(Ngatikahungunu)they had my dad Harold Mclean aka Sonny...Te taha o taku mama. Rauparaha Wharepapa aka Here Mokena m Areta Horokaru and together they had Mahurea( also Eramiha as above) Mahurea m Hirini Kihi Miihi they had 4 children one of whom was Hemi Hirini Maihi took on James Sydney Marsh m Te Huihui Tatana/Rini my grandparents who had 5 children, one of whom was Matetawhiti aka Mate..I have 2 Children Alzaria Sky Charisma and Alias Sconny Isaacs Antonio both carry Marsh..Kia koutou katoa..

  • Warihi Tako Ruwhiu - Ngati Porou

    At 5pm on 6 April 2012

    Warihi Tako Ruwhiu correction should be spelt Ngati Porou

  • Warihi Tako Ruwhiu - Ngati Pourou

    At 9pm on 5 April 2012

    Kia ora Ko Warihi Tako Ruwhiu toku ingoa Hau Ruwhiu is my tupuna tane his whaea was Huhana ( Susan ) Wharepapa tamahine of Te Hau Wharepapa who married Ngawati Hunia Ruwhiu

  • Maudie Barber - Ngapuhi

    At 6pm on 18 February 2012

    Maudie Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa is my grand uncle my grand father Eramiha Morgan Wharepapa was the chosen skribe for the family The reunion was not held at xmas time it has been moved to Easter weekend.

  • Grace - Nga Puhi

    At 1pm on 29 June 2011

    he wasnt born in mangakahia ! he was taken in there !there is a Kamiera Te Hau Wharepapa reunion in the Labour weekend in 2011 !! chur !!i think the old people are gonna send out a flyer !! chur !! my aunty Gail Rika is putting it together !! churr !! hope to see you there

  • danny - nagi parou

    At 10am on 30 August 2010

    man te hau tarki wharepapa is kool

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