Topic: Te Rauhea Paraone Koikoi (1828-1874)

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During the Battle of Gate Pa at Pukehinahina Ngāi Tamarāwaho fought under their chief Paraone Koikoi.

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Paraone's eldest son, Ihakara Koikoi, was the first person killed during the Battle of Gate Pā at Pukehinahina.

Paraone was born in Tauranga in 1828. He married Matatu Monotahuna (1824-1896).

On 9 May 1939 the Bay of Plenty Beacon reported:

He was the only son of Paraone Koikoi... before the engagement organised the safety of the Māori women and children and saw to it that the kainga was well supplied with food for the defence. When the attack came he took up arms (p. 4).

 

On 14 September 1920 the Bay of Plenty Times reported:

KOHU A batch of natives is expected at Huria (Judea) today. They are delegates appointed to represent the Maoris of the Thames and Coromandel to pay respect to Hikuai Kohu who died about three weeks ago. The deceased chieftainess was the mother of Nepia Kohu, and the second daughter of Paraone Koikoi, rebel chief Ngatiranginui. Immediately after the battle of Te Ranga Mr George Davoren, an old resident of this town, was despatched by the authorities to go to the bush and bring Paraone Koikoi down to witness the confiscation of his land from the town of Tauranga to Mangorewa, some fifty odd thousand acres. After the confiscation the Missionaries undertook to educate Koikoi’s children, one of whom was the late Mrs David Hall (p. 2).

 

Sources:

Bay of Plenty Beacon (9 May 1939, p. 4)

Bay of Plenty Times (14 September 1920, p. 2).

Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Ranginui and Trustees of the Ngā Hapū o Ngāti Ranginui Settlement Trust and the Crown (2012)

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