Ngatata, Wiremu Tako, -1887

Ngatata, Wi Tako, d 1887, Ngatata, William Wi Tako, d 1887, Tako, Wiremu, d 1887, Wi Tako, d 1887

Significant Maori leader of Ngati Ruanui and Te Ati Awa. Peacemaker, politician. Was the son of Ngatata-i-te-Rangi and was also called Te Teoteo, or Makoere. Born Taranaki, as an adult was resident at Nauranga and in the Hutt Valley. He was a supporter of Kingitanga, a Catholic opposed to the Pai Marire movement, and one of the first Maori members of the Legislative Council, 1872-1887. Chief of Kumutoto Pa (Woodward Street), Wellington, ca 1840. Wi Tako Ngatata married Mereana Ngamai on July 1, 1846 at Wellington. The marriage was witnessed by Panapa. He died on 8 November 1887, at his home in the Hutt Valley. See http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1n10/ngatata-wiremu-tako for descriptive biography. See DNZB (1990, Vol 1, 1769-1869, p313-315)

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