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Petone, Lower Hutt

Te Ara o Ripeka Wharawhara

Te Ara o Ripeka Wharawhara is named after Rīpeka Wharawhara Love and is a subdivision located at 124 Richmond Street, Petone. i

Rīpeka Wharawhara was through descent and marriage kin to Te Āti Awa chiefs whose mana continued to extend over the Wellington region after the arrival of Pākehā settlers in 1840. As an heir to that mana, she was part of an ongoing tradition of leadership, exercising with her husband the rights and duties of Wellington’s leading Māori families.ii

She lived at Taumata, the house on Korokoro and was awarded an OBE for her work in the 1918 Pandemic. More information on the name can be found on https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3l14/love-ripeka-wharawhara/

  1. Hutt City Council Agenda – 5th April 2022[]
  2. Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand[]

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