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Te Puke identity and family historian-genealogist Christine Clement is the author of eleven books covering topics such as Bay of Plenty history as well as family histories.

Christine Clement has been a family historian-genealogist for more than half her life with experience in English, Scottish, Australian and New Zealand research. She was quite amused to find herself on with all those 'old and dead people'.
Ellen McCormack and Christine Clement cutting the book launch cake (2013) 

Ellen McCormack and Christine Clement at their Katikati book launch (2013)

Between working for and running out of friends and contacts whose family tree's she has not delved into (including her rural mailman) she works in the kiwifruit industry for which Te Puke is famous. Christine has been the author of countless articles in genealogical newspapers as well as local newspapers for over twenty-five years. She has also been the author and researcher of a number of books.
As well as being the New Zealand agent for, to date she has written eleven family-local histories and is the mother-slave of Sooty (the cat) of website fame. Christine is the author and data base entry operator of the 1580 page website Sooty's Page which attracts over 400 people per week.
Christine has had a life-long interest in New Zealand history with a special interest in New Zealand and World War One as well as New Zealand Disasters and Tragedies. She answers a myriad of queries from overseas and locally on New Zealand research and history. She was even a commissioned researcher for a Queens Counsel in a Maori Land Court case.
As a member of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists and present and past member of many local historical societies, Christine also operates genealogical help desks at various sites and lectures on many genealogical subjects to both the converted and the non-converted.
In 1993 Christine was awarded the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal by the New Zealand Government.
  • Clement Kinship New Zealand 1988 ISBN 047300625 1 (Family History)
  • The Story of John Rennie Alexander and Christine Robbie nee Webster 1992 (Private family history)
  • Women and the Vote: Extracts from the Hawera Star (1892-1893) 1992 (NZ Suffrage Centennial)
  • Women of South Taranaki: Their Stories (Nga Wahine Toa O Taranaki Tonga - O Ratou Korero) 1993 ISBN 0473020467 (NZ Suffrage Centennial)
  • Hawera Hospital 100 Years (1894-1994) 1994 ISBN 047 025515 (Local hospital centennial)
  • Yours etc., Joseph F Pease: The Life and Times of a Yorkshireman in New Zealand 1995 ISBN 0473031949 (Commissioned)
  • Te Puke (Nga Tangata Me Nga Wahi): People and Places 2007 ISBN 9780473125233 (First history of Te Puke and district since 1981.)
  • The Pioneers, Settlers and Families of Te Puke and District ISBN 9780473195311(Local history)
  • Thomas Barnett (Private family history)
  • Te Puke World War One Memorial ISBN: 9780473213718 (Local history)                               
  • The Alexander Family 1912-2012 (Private family history)
  • Migration to New Zealand: A Guide for Family Historians (being printed)






New Zealand Herald (2011)


Radio New Zealand ANZAC Day Interview (2012)

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Christine Clement

First Names:Christine
Last Name:Clement
Occupation:Family historian-genealogist and Tauranga author
Place of settlement in Bay of Plenty:Te Puke

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