Hohepine (Te Wake) Cooper

Hohepine (Te Wake) Cooper

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Dame Hohepine Cooper formerly Te Wake
Born 1890s.
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Mother of and [private son (1950s - unknown)]
Died 1990s.
Profile last modified 8 May 2019 | Created 22 Oct 2016
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Hohepine was born in 1895. She passed away in 1994.
Dame Whina Cooper was a respected Māori leader in New Zealand, often referred to as 'Mother of the Nation', who worked for many years for the rights of her people, and particularly to improve the lot of Māori women, and protect the land for Maori people. In 1981 she was bestowed with the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her many achievements for the Maori people.[1]
Whina Cooper launched the Maori Women's Welfare League in 1951 and organised the Maori land march of 1975.[2]

Email from Dyone Tau

I am a fourth generation from my great grandmother Whina Cooper. My grandmother is Hinerangi (Cooper) Puru, who married Moka Puru from Te Rawhiti O Hikurangi, Taetokerau. Together Hinerangi and Moka Puru had 6 children: Noel, Teresa, Audrey-(my mother), Mary, George and Kathleen. My mother had 7 of us children: Moka, George, Dyone-(myself), Anthony, Tipene, Kimi and Ardin. My mother, daughter to Hinerangi Puru is named Audrey Charlotte (Puru) Tau, who married my father George Solomon Tau from Rahiri settlement, Okaihau, O Taetokerau.[3]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whina_Cooper
  2. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/2t32/te-wake-heremia
  3. Email correspondence from Dyone Tau
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  • Special thank you to Dyone Tau from New Zealand who is the fourth generation from her great grandmother, Whina Cooper. She provided family information related to Whina Cooper.

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On 3 Jun 2018 at 19:30 GMT James Stratman wrote:

I'm not sure why the father, Heremia Te Wake, was removed. According to this New Zealand source he is the father of Whina Cooper.


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