John Faulkner (later known as John Lees Faulkner) was born at Whitby, Yorkshire in 1811 to Gervas Faulkner and Elizabeth Lees.
John Faulkner's early life can be found at Tauranga Local History - John Lees Faulkner
His deportation to Australia in 1823 on the Princess Royal is on record at 
John Lees Faulkner (a trader) married Ruawahine Ngaitukairangi.
Children of John and Ruawahine
Children of John and Elizabeth
Children of John and Heni Mata Potier
Death Notice, September 1882 
DEATH OF MR J. L. FAULKNER.
It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of Mr John Lees Faulkner, of Otumoetai, at the advanced age of 71 years, which took place at his son's residence, the Yorkshire Grey Hotel, Quarter Acres, about 11 o'clock yesterday morning. As soon as the news became known, flags were flown at half-mast, and nearly all the business places in town were partly closed as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, whose death is universally deplored. The funeral is to leave the Yorkshire Grey Hotel, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, for the old cemetery, where the interment will take place.
Mr Faulkner's long residence here ranks him as the oldest settler in Tauranga, having arrived here in 1840, when he took up his abode at Otumoetai, the principal Maori settlement at that time, bringing with him his wife and family from the Bay of Islands. At this time there were but two or three Europeans in the place, excepting the church mission, and they, with one exception, have since departed to the unknown land. Amongst the mission present then was the Ven. Archdeacon Brown, who is now the oldest resident of the place. Mr Faulkner for many years was connected with the coasting trade, and being accustomed to ship carpentering employed his spare time in building vessels, disposing of them to the natives. in the form of barter for their produce.
In these early days the Bay of Islands was one of the principal resorts for whalers in the South Seas, and Mr Faulkner's object in coming to this district was most ostensibly to obtain supplies to ship to that place for their use. Being by profession a sailor, he navigated his vessels to the Bay of Islands, usually with Maori crews, and afterwards when Auckland became settled to that city,
Mr Faulker was a man of few words, naturally reserved, but of a kind rough genial-hearted disposition, and ever ready to render assistance to his neighbours. During the troubles of the native war in Tauranga, he suffered greatly in his business being obliged, by command of the authorities, to leave his homestead and property unprotected at the mercy of the rebels. Since the war he has quietly settled down at his old hospitable residence, surrounded by branches of a large and numerous family.
The deceased last visited Tauranga on Thursday week for the purpose of visiting his old acquaintance Archdeacon Brown, who was at that time seriously indisposed. On leaving the Archdeacon's residence, Mr Faulkner called at his son's house, the Yorkshire Grey Hotel, when finding his old complaint returning to him, decided to remain there for the time. That day his, illness became serious, and he thought it best to remain where he was, so that he could be attended by medical men. His death, which occurred yesterday was very sudden even to his relatives. Mr Faulkner's name will not be easily forgotten, for he was universally respected, and we may safely assert was without one single enemy.
He is buried in the Mission Cemetery, Tauranga.
On 24 Dec 2012 Phil Richardson wrote:
Arrived: 1832 Country of origin: England Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands Source: DNZB, Papers past, Return of Europeans in Occupation of Native Land,
Details: John Lees Faulkner was born Whitby, Yorkshire around 1811. In 1835 he purchased land in the Bay of Islands and got to know IRuawahine. They had several children by 1840 and were married by Rev Alfred Brown Nisbet in 1842 who also baptised their children.
On 20 May 1835 Henry Williams baptised their first child, Joseph, and over the next 20 years they had 12 more children - Elizabeth, Maria, Jane, Jarvis, Eliza, Alfred, George, Isabella, Christopher and John, and two children who died in infancy. In 1842 Ruawahine was married to John by the Reverend A. N. Brown, CMS missionary at Tauranga. She became a Christian, taking the name Irihapeti (Elizabeth).
John traded between the Bay of Islands and Tauranga. Faulkner's trading store on the Otumoetai property, known as Okorore, flourished. Its success owed much to the mana of Ruawahine: Faulkner was accepted by local Maori, exchanging his valuable entrepreneurial skills for their protection. In 1860 he was appointed as Tauranga's first postmaster.
Ruawahine died on 24 September 1855, and Faulkner married Elizabeth Humphries in Auckland on 26 January 1857; they had one child.
Died at Tauranga on 8 September 1882. We regret to have to record the death of Mr. John L. Faulkner, the oldest inhabitant of Tauranga, which occurred at the Yorkshire Grey Hotel, on the 8th instant. The deceased gentleman had exceeded the allotted age of man. He came here in 1840, and has resided in the district ever since. He was much respected, and leaves a large number of children, and grandchildren to deplore their loss. As a token of respect to the memory of the deceased, the flags were half-masted, and shutters were put up in the shops in the Borough.
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