Te Aute Church Cemetery

Also known as Pukehou Church Cemetery

Boundary Road
Pukehou, Central Hawke's Bay District, Hawkes Bay, 4178 New Zealand
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Te Aute Cemetery sometimes called Pukehou Church Cemetery is located in a private field on Boundary Road and maintained by Hugh McBain.

Although named Te Aute Cemetery and known historically as Pukehou Church Cemetery, the cemetery is not located in church grounds. It is however associated with Pukehou Marae and with Christ Church Pukehou which are nearby on State Highway 2. Christ Church Pukehou does not house a cemetery.

Te Aute Cemetery was originally a place for the burial of Maori's and the Williams family. The North West corner was an old Maori burial ground. Sometimes there were burials for people from outlying areas and as this was attributed to the fact that the burial was cheaper, plots began to be charged at current rates except for members of the Williams families and local maori's. When viewing the cemetery there are three sections, one for Maori's one for the Williams family and those closely connected to them, and another section for other people.

Interred in Te Aute Church Cemetery is Samuel Williams and his family. Samuel was the son of the missionary Henry Williams, and worked for Maori interests during a time of rapid colonisation and the tensions it created. He founded Te Aute College and sponsored the Young Maori Party.

Edward Williams, brother of Samuel, who assisted his father in translating the Treaty of Waitangi, and who became a magistrate in the Bay of Islands is also interred in this cemetery.


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GPS Coordinates: -39.82514, 176.64769

  • Added: 18 Sep 2017
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2651421