Country of origin: USA
Area in New Zealand: Foveaux Strait
Sources: DNZB; NZETC; Pre-1848 Settlers of Otago and Southland; Transgressing Boundaries
Captain Bradbury Trapp was an American whaling captain. He arrived in New Zealand in 1830, and married Koroteke of Ruapuke Island. They had a son Thomas Trapp, who changed his name to Pratt, or Parata in Maori. Captain Trapp died in about 1842.
Tame Haereroa Parata was born on Ruapuke Island in Foveaux Strait, probably between 1832 and 1838. His father, Captain Trapp, known as Kapane Terapu, was an American whaler from Massachusetts. His mother was Koroteke, a woman of aristocratic descent of Ngati Huirapa, a hapu of Ngai Tahu, and of Ngati Mamoe and Waitaha. An account of the origin of the name Parata says that Tame took his father's name, Trapp, and reversed it to Pratt, which was rendered in Maori as Parata. Tame Haereroa Parata was occasionally referred to as Thomas Trapp, or Pratt.
NZETC; The Old Whaling Days- McNab
Of all the American whalers none has a greater interest to New Zealanders than has the Julian, of New Bedford, which “fished” the Foveaux Strait bays during this season. (1836) Taking to himself a wife from among the daughters of a Foveaux Strait chief, there was born to Captain Trapp, the commander, a son, who, in the person of the Hon. Tama Parata, M.L.C., represented the South Island in the Parliament of New Zealand for nearly a quarter of a century, and retired to the Legislative Council, from which elevated political station he now sees his former position filled by his son, Charles Parata, M.P. The third generation of this talented and distinguished family is represented by Miss Te Kahureremoa Hinehoukiterangi Parata.
Peti/Elizabeth (Brown) married Tame Parata, the future Member of the House of Representatives. (page 1)