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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Wiremu Parata

Wiremu Parata, Farmer, Waikanae. A native chief, Mr. Wi Parata was born in 1834 at Kapiti, and is of the Ngatitoa-Ngatiawa tribe. Descended from a powerful and warlike tribe on his mother's side, while he claims to be the grandson of an Englishman named Stubbs, who arrived off Kapiti in the early thirties, he is a man of great influence among his own people, and owns about 6000 acres of rich land at Waikanae, half of Kapiti, and a large block of land at Porirua. He was a member in the House of Representatives from 1870 to 1879, and was Native Minister during the Governorships of Sir George Bowen, Sir James Fergusson, and the Marquis of Normanby. He was a Justice of the Peace for ten years. In 1852 he married a daughter of Pukehi, of the Ngatiraukawa-Ngatitoa tribe, and has a family of nine. His eldest son manages all the farming operations. His fine large house at Waikanae gives evidence of much taste and natural refinement.

Mr. Wi Parata.

Mr. Wi Parata.