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In England his surname appears in records as Airey. The family story is that as Issac was not literate and had a broad regional accent having lived with his parents in an isolated place that his name was listed as Aroa when they emigrated to New Zealand.  His will shows that he was not literate, as it is signed with his mark. His descendants in New Zealand use the name Aroa.
Isaac was born in 1810.
On 17 August 1833 Isaac Airey and Sarah Atkinson were married in Westmorland. 
They had at least 5 children.
Mary Ann (1835)
Nanny / Nancy (1843)
The 1851 Census  lists him as residing at Byers Green, Durham. Isaac (40) is a blacksmith, with wife Sarah (39) have 3 children residing with them, Nanny (8), Sarah (6) and Isaac (1).
Isaac Array Head 40 1811 Male Stainmore, Westmorland, England (Blacksmith)
Sarah Array Wife 39 1812 Female Wackhope, Westmorland, England
Nanny Array Daughter 8 1843 Female Byers Green, Durham, England
Sarah Array Daughter 6 1845 Female Byers Green, Durham, England
Isaac Array Son 1 1850 Male Byers Green, Durham, England
In the same census, there is a Robert Aroa (listed as Arah) aged 14, a servant at the Binchley Crag Farm only a short distance from Byers Green. His birth place is listed as Westmorland.
Robert Arah (sic) Servant 14 1837 Male Westmorland, England
Furthermore, his sister Mary Ann Aroa (listed as Array) aged 16, is a servant at a house in Byers Green.
Mary Ann Aray (sic) [Aroa] Servant 16 1835 Female Stainmore, Westmorland, England
Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Aroa and 3 children, plus M. A. Aroa and Mr Robert Aroa emigrated to New Zealand arriving October 23, 1855 on the ship Maori.
Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, 27 October 1855,
Arrived. October 23, ship Maori, 1,000 tons, Petherbridge, 107 days from London.
Steerage passengers —