The reunion, based at the Sydney YHA, attracted around 50 descendants from around Australia, Auckland and Rarotonga.
Moeka’a ‘Ingatu was born on 27 January 1899 to Ma’ukean parents who were attending Takamoa Theological College on Rarotonga. He married Ngatungane Ra’ea from Ma’uke and had four children – Rangi, Tangata, Tei’o and Tarangariki.
The eldest, Rangi Moeka’a, was the subject of the biography which was written by his son.
After the Sydney event, six family members attended the Ra’ea reunion in Auckland held during Labour weekend. Almost 200 people – including the oldest living Ra’ea descendant, Tungane Mani who lives in Melbourne-- were present for the two-day reunion.
Tungane celebrated her 91st birthday during Labour weekend, with husband Tutu turning 95 on Friday 25 October.
Ra’ea – Tungane’s grandfather – and his wife Taputukura had eight children on Ma’uke. Ngatungane, who married Moeka’a, was the last child of Ra’ea. - Moana Moeka’a