The 1851 Census  lists her parents as residing at Byers Green, Durham with father Isaac (40), a blacksmith, mother Sarah (39) and who have 3 children, Nanny (8), Sarah (6) and Isaac (1).
Isaac Aroa Head 40 1811 Male Stainmore, Westmorland, England (Blacksmith)
Sarah Aroa Wife 39 1812 Female Wackhope, Westmorland, England
Nanny Aroa Daughter 8 1843 Female Byers Green, Durham, England
Sarah Aroa Daughter 6 1845 Female Byers Green, Durham, England
Isaac Aroa Son 1 1850 Male Byers Green, Durham, England
The family came to New Zealand in 1855.
Mr. Isaac and Mrs. Aroa and 3 children, and 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 —