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WOMAN HERO:
MAGGIE PAPAKURA
by Miriarangi from Rotorua

Ko Makereti tenei (Ipurangi)
Ko wai a toku rangatira maori.Ko Margaret Pattison Thom toku rangatira.I whanau mai ki te takiwa a Matata i roto o te rohe o Te Waiariki.I te 20 o Whiringa a nuku i te tau 1873.Engari ko tona ingoa karanga ko 'Makereti'.Ko William Arthur Thom raua ko Nagarotu te rihi ona matua.I tipu mai a Makereti ki te wahi o Te Whakarewarewatanga-o-te-Opetaua-a-Wahiao kei roto i te wahi o Rotorua.Na mai i tenei i tipu mai a Makereti ki nga korero e pa ana ki tera iwi nga pakiwaitara me te hitori mo Te whakarewarewa.I huri aia hei kaiwhakahaere o Whakarewarewa.--------------------------------------------------------------

Margaret Pattison Thom is my hero. She was born in a small suburb called Matata in The Bay of Plenty on the 20th of November 1873. However she was well known as 'Makereti'. Her parents were William Arthur and Ngarotu Te Rihi. Makereti grew up in a village called Te Whakarewarewatanga-o-te-Opetaua-a Wahiao situated in Rotorua. As Makereti grew up she began to learn the history and stories behind her village. From this she became a Tour Guide touring all around Whakarewaewa.

Te Whare Wananga i kuraina a Makereti (Ipurangi)
Ko ona tutukinga. I hunuku atu ia ki Ingarangi hei huri hei kaituhi ki te Whare Wananga o Oxford.I noho pumau ki tona Whaiaipo a Richard Staples-Brown.I tuhia i tona pukapuka rongonui 'The Old Time Maori'.E korero ana e pa ana ki nga tumomo mahinga e mahi ana ki Te Whakarewarewa he oranga o tetahi tangata Maori. Ano nei i whakaatu a Makereti i nga tangata e rongonui an puta noa i tenei motu.-----------------------------------------------------------------------

Achievements: She moved to England to pursue to become a writer being educated at Oxford University to live with her beloved husband, Richards Staples-Brown. She wrote a book called 'The Old Time Maori' explaining the different aspects that occurred in a typical life of a Maori. Also she would guide famous people, including royalty.

Te Whakarewarewa (Ipurangi)
He aha ai he rangatira ki ahau.He rangatira ki ahau na te mea.He wahine e moho ki tona turangawaewae tona whakapapa hoki. He wahine i piki atu ki nga rangituhaha ki nga maunga tiketike.Hei whakamaumaharatanga i a ia hei wahine matatau.---------------------------------------------------------------------

Why she is a hero to me: She is a hero to me because she is a lady that knows where she is from, where her roots are. She also achieved her greatest pinnacle greater than any mountain. To remember her as 'The Lady of Knowledge'




Written by Miriarangi from Rotorua
This story has been submitted by a guest user and does not necessarily represent the views of The My Hero Project or its staff.

Last changed on: 11/6/2007

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