The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
Tapuae is a dairy-farming settlement not far from Oakura, in the Omata riding of the county of Taranaki, and forms part of the Wairau survey district of the Taranaki land district. The settlement lies nearly north of Mount Egmont, and contains a good deal of excellent farming land.
Morris, Frederick Joseph, J.P., Farmer, Tapuae. Mr. Morris was born in Middlesex, England, was educated at Kingsland, and afterwards learned the grocery trade, which he followed for a number of years. He subsequently came to New Zealand in the ship “Taranaki,” and landed at New Plymouth in the year 1880. Mr. Morris settled at Tapuae, where he started farming. His property consists of 1000 acres of land, on which he depastures sheep, conducts mixed farming, and has a well equipped dairy factory. Mr. Morris has been chairman of the Oakura school committee for many years; he was chairman of the Oakura Road Board for a considerable time, and has also been a member of the Taranaki County Council. He married a daughter of page 212 the late Mr. W. Warcham, of Surrey, England, in the year 1870, and has eight sons and one daughter.