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Joe Rowe ( Te Oroa)

arrived; about 1830
country of origin;
area in New Zealand; Kapiti Island
source; Woven by Water; Histories from the Whanganui River; David Young

Joe Rowe was a whaler from Kapiti Island who was a dealer in human heads.  He was captured and killed, along with another whaler, in 1831 by a party of Tuwharetoa men, at the mouth of the Whanganui River, when they recognized the heads of their fellow tribesmen. Andrew Powers and a Negro were also in the party of whalers.