Tonga Mahuta

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Tonga Mahuta (c. 1897 13 March 1947) was a New Zealand tribal leader. He was the fourth surviving son of Mahuta, the third Māori King, and a younger brother of the fourth king, Te Rata. He belonged to the Ngati Mahuta iwi of the Waikato confederation. [1]

He was probably born in Hukanui, Waikato, in 1897. His elder brothers were Te Rata, Taipu (who died in March 1926) [2] and Tumate, and he had a younger brother Te Rauangaanga. [1]

He also played rugby league and represented the South Auckland team (Waikato). In 1922 he was part of the team which won the Northern Union Challenge Cup from Auckland 21-20. [3]

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal. [4]

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  1. 1 2 Ballara, Angela. "Mahuta, Tonga". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography . Ministry for Culture and Heritage . Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. Soszynski, Henry. "Maori kingitanga". World of royalty. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
  3. "League Challenge Cup/Win by South Auckland/Fast and Exciting Game/Twenty-One Points to Twenty". New Zealand Herald, Volume LIX, Issue 18186. 4 September 1922. p. 9. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  4. "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.