Topic: Rotohiko Haupapa

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Born in Ohinemutu c1836-1887, a brief biography

He was unique in his time in being able to claim descent from the six hapu of Ngati Whakaue – Te Roro-o-te-rangi, Ngati Tunohopu, Te Rangi-i-waho, Ngati Pukaki, Ngati Taeotu and Ngati Te Hurunga-te-rangi. His seniority by descent was from Te Roro-o-te-rangi, Tunohopu, Te Rangi-i-waho and Taeotu. From the ancestors Tunohopu and Te Rangi-i-waho, his descent was ure tarewa, or continuously male, enhancing his mana and authority.

Excerpt from Te Ara

Rotohiko gave land for what is now Rotorua Primary School on Arawa Street and his influence also led to the provision for Ngati Whakaue endowment of land in the central city area. This land provides major income for secondary schools in the Rotorua area. Rotohiko was held in the highest respect by both Maori and European communities, so much so, that he became a member of the original three-man Town Board which first met in April 1883. His influence, however was such that he had already served on the Thermal Springs Special District Licencing Committee since at least 1877. 

Rotohiko was also prominent in the social affairs of the settlement, organising local regatta, athletic and racing matters. His greatest contribution was in the field of education, his conviction being that the only way in which his people could prosper and withstand the changes being brought about by the influx of Europeans.

Excerpt from Don Stafford's description of Rotohiko published in the Daily Post 1st August 1987

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