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John Williams Harris

Kapene or Pene Hereti and Tukura

Arrived: 1831
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Poverty Bay
Source: Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast NI NZ by J A Mackay

Details: Captain John William Harris, born Cornwall, England in 1808 was sent to Poverty Bay by his employers J B Montefiore and Co, merchants, Sydney. He came with George White alias Barnet Burns and Tom Ralph on the boat 'Darling' the captain being William Stewart arriving on 16th May 1831. The trading stations were established at Muriwai and Mahia. John took Tukura, first cousin of Rawiri Te Eke, to be his wife. John also had a whaling station at Papawhariki which he paid the local Maori for with a mare. The block the whaling station was on was given to him in trust for his sons. He also purchased a block called Opou and commenced farming there in 1835. He put up houses and employed others to work the land. He brought in horses, cattle and sheep. Tukura died and some years later, John remarried to a Miss Jacintha Adelaide Hargraves on the 30th Dec 1854. Jacintha was the youngest daughter of J.E. Hargraves of Waimate.

John died at the house of Captain William Ellis in Parnell (his brother-in-law), at Auckland on 4th of February 1872. There was an inquest.

Tukura and John's children
Edward Francis Harris born 1834
Henry Harris born 1837 (established a stud sheep farm on Waikanae), he died on 29th November 1882.

Jacintha and John's children
Harold Hargraves Harris born 1863
Bertha Treeve Harris who married a James King in 1882.

It is claimed on behalf of Captain Morris that he introduced peach and apricot trees in May 1831 and later, apple, pear and cherry.