Ranapia Mokena: son of Mokena Hou
Hart, P. (2016). Ranapia Mokena: son of Mokena Hou. (Te Aroha Mining District Working papers, No. 38), Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato, Historical Research Unit.
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Little is known of the early life of Ranapia Mokena. He owned land close to Thames and acquired interests in other blocks, which provided him with some income, but he was never wealthy, as indicated by his being sued for a series of small debts. He invested in a small way in mining at both Thames and Te Aroha, and even worked in one claim. His life was most notable for being a deacon in the Church of England. Ranapia was another example of a rangatira who supported the Crown, as was illustrated by his becoming a member of the Thames Native Rifle Volunteers. Childless, in his old age he brought up a niece’s daughter.
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© 2016 Philip Hart