St Peter's Church, Pūrangi

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Feb 1971
St Peter's Church, Purangi. The church was built in 1906 by nephews of Te Ikahaehae Manihera (known as Manihera Te Hurataiore before he was baptised), a lay reader. Manihera went on to become deacon of the Pukemahoe Mission Station and chief of the Ngati Te Ika hapu of Ngati Maru. Manihera's sister Kapohanga had four sons, two of whom ( Tutanuku Tume and Manihera Tume) built the church.

The gabled frontage, the carved head (tekoteko) and the cross at the apex were buried beside the church in 1984. The bell hanging at left is from the Pukemahoe Mission. The roof was originally shingled and was replaced with iron in 1912. The church was renovated during the 1980s.
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Not meaning to bombard your site, but just to clarify, Te Hurataiore was the Chief's name, baptised as Manihera; hence my reference to him as Manihera Te Hurataiore. When Ngati Maru became embroiled in the Taranaki conflicts, he took the name Ikahaehae, ie : Manihera Ikahaehae. I tend to use the name Te Hurataiore more, to distinguish him from his son, who was known as Ikahaehae Manihera (aka. Tihu). As Holden has pointed out, his Great Grandmother Ngaone Manihera, was a daughter of Manihera, and therefore a sister of Ikahaehae aka. Tihu This may be confusing for some, but it is as clear as day to us. Nga mihi nui

- Pare Hayward (Historian - Ngati Maru) posted 6 years ago.

Kia ora koutou. Just to add to that korero: Manihera was my tupuna. He had a daughter who was named Ngaone, she was my great grandmother. I remember Pare showing me an old newspaper article in te reo Maori, which I translated for the claim research. I remember it mentioned Manihera being still alive in the 1850s. As for als o being known as Manihera Poutama, I've not heard of him being called by that name. I've only ever known him as Te Ikahaehae Manihera, Chief of Ngati Teika Hapu of Ngati Maru. Nga mihi - Holden Hohaia (Tokotaua), Chairman: Maru Runanga.

- Holden Hohaia posted 6 years ago.

Kia ora, The lay reader, Manihera, of Ngati Maru was not the same man as Manihera Poutama of Ngati Ruanui, who was martyred at Taupo. Our "Manihera" was still very much alive in the 1850s and was not only the deacon at the Pukemahoe Mission Station, but Chief of the Ngati Te Ika hapu of Ngati Maru. Manihera's sister, Kapohanga had four sons - two of which built this Church. They were Tutanuku Tume and Manihera Tume. I have seen the confusion between Manihera Poutama and Manihera Hurataiore perpetuated in a number of publications. This seems like a good opportunity to "write back" to this error. The photo is awesome, by the way and thank you very much for displaying it.

- Pare Hayward (Historian - Ngati Maru) posted 6 years ago.

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