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Tiakitai (died 1 September 1847) was a Māori leader of the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi and a trader in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. He resided mostly in the Waimarama area. He died at sea with 21 others on the night of 1 September 1847 when their boat was lost in a heavy sea. [1]

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Ngāti Kahungunu Māori iwi (tribe) in Aotearoa New Zealand

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  1. Ballara, Angela. "Tiakitai". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 23 April 2017.