Kiti Riwai was born 12 September 1870 in Ruapuke Island, Southland Region, New Zealand to Arapetere Karaka (Albert Clark) (-1872) and Mary Owen (-) and died 21 January 1927 of unspecified causes. She married Riwai Te Ropiha (-) . She married Te Ao Ahitana Matenga (Joseph Ashton) (c1870-) 1906 .



Offspring of Kiti Riwai and Riwai Te Ropiha (-)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ngaria Riwai (-)
Rotia (Roger) Riwai (-)
Ruea Riwai (-)
Meri (Mary) Riwai (-)
Joe Riwai (-)
Riria Riwai (-)
(three other children, who died young)

Offspring of Kiti Riwai and Te Ao Ahitana Matenga (Joseph Ashton) (c1870-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joey Matenga Ashton (1907-1993) 3 June 1907 Greytown, Wellington Region, New Zealand (Wairarapa) 8 November 1993 Porirua City, Wellington Region, New Zealand Inez Sarah Blunden (-1985)

Kiti Karaka Riwai (12 September 1870 – 21 January 1927) was a New Zealand tribal leader. Of Māori and Moriori descent, she identified with the Ngati Mamoe iwi. She was born in Ruapuke Island, Southland, New Zealand. Her first husband was Riwai Te Ropiha, a Moriori of the Chatham Islands, with whom she had nine children. Her second husband was Te Ao Ahitana Matenga (Joseph Ashton) of Ngāti Kahungunu, with whom she had one child, Joey Ashton.[1]


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
  • Kiti's photo appeared in Michael King's 1989 book "Moriori".
  • Wikipedia (see below)
¢ Children
  • Riria married Englishman Charles Preece and gave him several children, who formed one of the largest of the few remaining Moriori families.

Robin Patterson


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