Samuel Kawana Witinitara

21 December 1904–2 August 1985 (Age 80)
Pahiatua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

The Life of Samuel

When Samuel Kawana Witinitara was born on 21 December 1904, in Pahiatua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand, his father, Kawana Witinitara, was 44 and his mother, Olive Reeve, was 26. He had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Arapera Tataurangi. He died on 2 August 1985, in his hometown, at the age of 80, and was buried in Pahiatua, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Kawana Witinitara
Arapera Tataurangi
Rangitoriki Tataurangi
Hugh Anderson Witinitara

Spouse and Children



    Rangitoriki Tataurangi


    Hugh Anderson Witinitara


Parents and Siblings

    Kawana Witinitara





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World Events (8)


Age 3

The country becomes a dominion, or self-governing community, within the British empire.
1907 · Dominion of New Zealand

Age 3

The Dominion of New Zealand was brought about when New Zealand proclaimed itself a political independent government inside the British Empire. The Dominion of New Zealand allowed the British Government to shape its foreign policy, and it followed Britain into the First World War. Full independence was granted in 1931 and adopted by the New Zealand Parliament in 1947. 

Age 35

WWII. Troops from New Zealand see action in Europe, North Africa and the Pacific during World War II.

Name Meaning

Japanese: ‘rice paddy near the river’; the version of this name written with the more common character for ‘river’ is found in the Tōkyō and Ōsaka areas; the version with the traditional character for ‘river’ is found mostly in western Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • Hami Kawana Witinitara, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Hami Kawana Witinitara Govenor, "BillionGraves Index"

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