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Takurua Tamarau (1871–1958) was a notable New Zealand tribal leader, shearer, farmer and Ringatū healer. Of Māori descent, he is identified with the Tūhoe iwi. Tamarau was born at Kohimarama, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand in about 1871.

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  • Takurua Tamarau (1871–1958) was a notable New Zealand tribal leader, shearer, farmer and Ringatū healer. Of Māori descent, he is identified with the Tūhoe iwi. Tamarau was born at Kohimarama, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand in about 1871.
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  • Takurua Tamarau (1871–1958) was a notable New Zealand tribal leader, shearer, farmer and Ringatū healer. Of Māori descent, he is identified with the Tūhoe iwi. Tamarau was born at Kohimarama, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand in about 1871. Takurua was known as one of the last Paramount Chiefs of the Ngāi Tūhoe Iwi who was involved with tribal negotiations between the Government and Ngāi Tūhoe. Takurua is a son of Tamarau Waiari also known as Te Mākarini Te Wharehuia, and Roka of Ngai Te Riu of the Ruatahuna District. In 1935, Takurua was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.Some of Takurua’s children held some significant roles within Ngāi Tūhoe and New Zealand.His son George Takurua was a Lieutenant in the New Zealand army during World War II. With the request of Sir Apirana Ngata, a great friend of the Paramount Chief urging Māori to be involved with the World War II defence force, George Takurua went to battle in Italy. The Lt. George Takurua died in 1944 at War and was a soldier of the 28th Māori Battalion. Takurua Tamarau was the Chairperson of the Ruatoki school committee now known as Board of Trustees for more than 30 years.
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