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New Zealand / Re: Rex Douglas Mayall 21/2/1950 - 4 Dec 1978, Auckland
« on: Friday 12 October 18 05:25 BST (UK)  »

Just a slip up of the tongue - too much on the go at the moment. As long as I have the correct [Auckland Archive]request number in my book, I can grab some photos the next time I'm passing the Archive. Now have three requests, plus all the deed look ups I'm doing. Must also remember to have my reader card on my person. Now ID checks are required each visit.


New Zealand / Re: Auckland archives look up, please - Rex Douglas Mayall 1979
« on: Friday 12 October 18 02:20 BST (UK)  »
Snap - replied to the original thread. Can do unless someone gets there first.  Alan.

New Zealand / Re: Rex Douglas Mayall 21/2/1950 - 4 Dec 1978, Auckland
« on: Friday 12 October 18 02:13 BST (UK)  »

Can add to my other lookups the next time I attend the Auckland office of Archives NZ. But it will be some weeks away. It's a busy time on the farm just now. Will let you know in due course if I obtain photos of the inquest file.


New Zealand / Re: the canterbury times paper
« on: Wednesday 10 October 18 20:47 BST (UK)  »

Have you tried a google search for Addington Workshop pictures ?

I have come across clips from a Railways periodical previously, but just now could not find it on PapersPast, so wondering who is / was providing online access. No time now to look further.

There may be some clues on the Cyclopedia of NZ, but I believe all regional editions were published by 1906.


PS Try searching the NZR Staff Bulletin index for names of interest, post WWII.

New Zealand / Re: Look up request - Archives NZ, Auckland office Probate record
« on: Wednesday 10 October 18 07:24 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for that.
Did not see any notices when last there, but if I pre-booked a viewing I presume it would come up as being a non viewing day. Not sure when I will next be up on a Friday. Usually pass through Auckland at night, and or in the weekend, on my buying in missions. When I have some photos to on-forward, I will send you a PM. Probably well into November. Working on a big reunion being held at the end of this month, so very busy.


New Zealand / Re: Look up request - Archives NZ, Auckland office Probate record
« on: Tuesday 09 October 18 22:10 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Minniehaha for posting the direct link to the record.


Hello there.

I will put the reference number in my little black book, and have a look the next time I'm there, but it could be some weeks, or more, before I'm that way on a Friday afternoon again, as I was there last Friday for one of my reseaerch projects.



New Zealand / Re: Owen Ernest Dudley Louden. RNZ Air Force.
« on: Wednesday 03 October 18 10:53 BST (UK)  »
Here is the link to the earlier topic mentioned in the first post..........


Thanks for placing the link Minniehaha. Thought I recognised the surname. I was privilaged to have been part of that search, and saw copies of the lovely photos returned to family here in NZ, after so many years of being lovingly cared for in the UK.


New Zealand / Re: Riria Hopewai and her parentage
« on: Tuesday 25 September 18 21:37 BST (UK)  »
I have looked up Mihipo Waituruturu on the maorilandonline index and find that she has/had ownership in two blocks of land near Thames.

1    Omawhiti Section 5 {Omawhiti Section 5 Blk II, Hastings SD} There is an Ahu Whenua trust for the block which has around 920 owners. 

2  Waipatukahu Tapu A (Pt Section 13 Block XI Hastings Survey District) {Waipatukahu Tapu A} 874 owners. I cannot see a reference to any land administrators.

There are ownership listings for Deam and Hopewai as well on this site.

I have not been able to enlarge the copy of the death certificate you attached but see that she was from the Coromandel.  Is there any chance you could enlarge the part where it gives the mother's name please

Hello M.

With reference to the above Maorilandonline, I've grabed a page save, of the referenced material. From it you can see there are ten pages of data referring to persons with a registered interest in that block. All having some kinship link. There is also information about surveyed land titles which can also be researched for times when the title has been mentioned in Court; or land re-surveying / subdivision; and the general press. Best of hunting.


New Zealand / Re: Riria Hopewai and her parentage
« on: Tuesday 25 September 18 11:05 BST (UK)  »
You wonderful, wonderful people! I have looked at this family in the past and put it in the too hard basket.
I have records of Sarah's son looking through the land courts and talking about land between Gisborne and Napier but the enquiries were all done under Sarah's name so nothing came up.
I am at the moment laid up after surgery and when I got the original enquiry very quickly put up what details I had and thought maybe they can go further thinking no more of it.

Now you have come back with this wonderful info. 
I don't know much about contacting the Maori Courts. Would this be in person, if so I am immobile for approx 1 month more so will look into it when I can.



For a start, start with your computer at your side. Use the search or advance search options on the NZ Archives  ARCHWAY site. Court records [files] should then be found, but remember that pre WW1 Maori names, could be spelt many ways depending upon who was writing down the name, and if they had any understanding of how Maori express kinship. It was quite common for the early converts to Christianity to take up a biblical "Christian" name and also just a nick name. There was no consistancy and so, if lucky you will often see an a k a name recorded, you can further search into.

Search for all the posibilities you can think of and sift through the results.

Because of typo's and imperfect printing, search engines do NOT always find all the hits that a naked eye can recognise, so all forms of searching take a lot of time, and a bit of luck. Searching will keep you otherwise occupied.

A recent 600 newspaper clippings search of mine, produced many alternative spellings for the subjects of my first delve into Maori heritage history 1865 - 1910.  So best of luck.

Once you have a few key names then check them out on the Maori Land on line site.


PS Records so far found for one subject; Hohaia [Josiah] NGAHIWI, have had the surmame spelt as Ngahiwi - Ngaiwi - Hga Hiwi - Ngapiha.

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