White, John, 1826-1891
Scholar, writer, linguist, public servant. Arrived in New Zealand with his family in 1835. Son of Wesleyan missionaries, Francis White (1800-1877) and Jane née Angus (1799-1868). The family settled at Mata in Hokianga. In 1851 he became secretary and translater for George Grey. Later positions included officer in the Land Purchase Department, acting Assistant Native Secretary, and Resident Magistrate (in Wanganui). He edited the 'Te Wananga' from 1874 to 1878 and Between 1879 and 1890 White researched, compiled and published "The Ancient History of the Maori", 6 volumes. However, the continuation of the project was cut short when the government of the day dropped the project from its estimates. White died the following year.