Rhybon Pekama

5 October 1921–4 July 2015 (Age 93)
Ngawha, Auckland, New Zealand

The Life of Rhybon

When Rhybon Pekama was born on 5 October 1921, in Ngawha, Auckland, New Zealand, her father, Renata Waikakari Kawana Pekama, was 28 and her mother, Reiha Miria Edmonds, was 24. She married Ianga Atawhai Pere Wihongi on 3 November 1943. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 4 July 2015, in Tokoroa, Waikato, New Zealand, at the age of 93.

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Family Time Line

Ianga Atawhai Pere Wihongi
Rhybon Pekama
Marriage: 3 November 1943
Esther Jean Wihongi
Huia Wihongi

Spouse and Children

    Ianga Atawhai Pere Wihongi



3 November 1943


    Esther Jean Wihongi



Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1923 · New Zealand's Claim to Antartica

Age 2

The Ross Dependency is a New Zealand dependency located on the Antarctician Continent. It is the only settlement on the Antartica that is claimed by a sovereign nation. New Zealand still owns claim even after the Antarctic Treaty that was signed in 1959 by 11 other nations. 

Age 18

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

Age 26

New Zealand gains full independence from Britain.

Name Meaning

Polish (Pękala, Pękała): nickname from the Polish dialect term pękal ‘short, fat man’, or possibly a nickname from a derivative of pękać ‘to burst or explode’.

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

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Story Highlight

Tributes to Aunty Girlie - Rhybon Wihongi

Jenny Hewett She has touched the life of many. My sister Betty married her son Gordon. I remember going to Awarua, and seeing her wake before the sun rose and retire for the night well after the sun …

Sources (3)

  • Rhybon Pekame Wihingi in household of Ianga Wihongi, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Rhybon Pekama Wihongi in household of Iavga Atawnai Pere Wihongi, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Rhybon Pekama - Church record: birth: 5 October 1921; Ngawha, Auckland, New Zealand

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