Te Ao, Hema Ropata, -1932

Ngati Raukawa, lived at Otaki. Hema was the son of Ropata Te Ao and the last paramount chief of Ngati Raukawa ki te tonga, accepted after his elder half brother, Hori Te Waru, declined the offer. When the Waikato people were looking for a suitable suitor for Hera Tahuna Herangi, the elder sister of Te Puea, Hema's son, Tungia, was one of those selected as a suitable candidate. Tungia eventually married Hera to whom he had one child. Tragically Tungia died within eighteen months of the wedding. According to Maori custom Hema married his daughter in law, Hera, after his son's death. They had children, only one of whom survived to adulthood called Puke. Died in 1932 aged 69 years. His funeral was held on 17th April 1932, with funeral orations at Raukawa meeting house at Otaki, and the service taken by the Rev. Temuera Tokoaitua at Rangiatea Church.

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The funeral procession of Hema te Ao passing through the main street of Otaki
Date: 1932 From: Adkin, George Leslie, 1888-1964 :Photographs of New Zealand geology, geography, and the Maori history of Horowhenua Ref: PA1-f-009-34-242 Description: The funeral procession of Hema te Ao passing through the main street of Otaki. Photographed by George Leslie Adkin on the 17th of April, 1932. Quantity: 1 ...
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Tangi of Hema te Ao at the Raukawa Meeting House, Otaki.
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