Keala Settle

by stlucas on March 28, 2018

Keala Settle – Gold Meets Golden: The 5th Anniversary Refreshed by Coca-Cola, Globes Weekend Gets Sporty with Athletic Royalty – Arrivals – The House on Sunset Lounge, 9169 Sunset Boulevard – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Laie, Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 5, 1975

*English (father)
*Māori, some Scottish (mother)

Keala Settle is an American actress and singer.

Keala is the daughter of Susanne Ti and David Settle. Her father was born in Alden, England. Her mother was born in New Zealand, and was of Māori descent. Keala’s parents are pictured here.

Keala’s maternal grandfather was Ruanui “Rua” Hamahona MacDonald (the son of Tuiti Makitanara and Karaitiana). Ruanui was born in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. Tuiti was born in Havelock, New Zealand, the son of Teori “George” MacDonald, whose father had Scottish ancestry, and of Rina Puhipuhi Meihana. Karaitiana was the daughter of Te One McGregor.

Keala’s maternal grandmother was Ti Waiti Te Maari (the daughter of Piripi Te Aroatua and Rurea Heke Riwai). Ti Waiti was born in Wellington, New Zealand. Piripi was the son of Te Rangikawhiua Jack Waiwera Te Aroatua and Amiria Te Maari. Rurea was the daughter of Arapata Te Ohaki Te Maari and Keita Ihakara Te Kahutipua.


Genealogy of Keala Settle (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Keala’s mother –


Robert Whittaker

by ethnic on March 5, 2018

Birth name: Robert John Whittaker

Place of Birth: Middlemore, Auckland, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 20 December, 1990

Ethnicity: Māori

Robert Whittaker is a New Zealand-born professional MMA fighter. He is of Māori heritage. He moved to Australia at a young age, and grew up in Melbourne and Sydney. He has stated that he is proud of representing both Australia and New Zealand.


Winston Peters

by Manila on October 22, 2017

Birth Name: Winston Raymond Peters

Place of Birth: Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 11 April, 1945

*Māori (father)
*English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish (mother)

Winston Peters is a New Zealand politician. He served as the 13th Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, from 16 December, 1996 to 14 August, 1998.

Winston’s father, Kihirini (baptized Leonard) “Len” Peters, was of Māori descent. Winston’s mother, Joan Merle (McInnes), was of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish and Scottish descent.

Winston is married to Louise Amy, with whom he has two children.

Winston’s maternal grandfather was Hugh Alexander McInnes (the son of Donald McInnes and Harriet Wheeler).

Winston’s maternal grandmother was Frances Jane Davison (the daughter of Thomas Davison and Mary Organ). Thomas was a Northern Irish emigrant, from Dromara, County Down, and was the son of James Davison and Elizabeth Hill. Mary was the daughter of English emigrants, Richard Organ, of King’s Stanley, Gloucestershire, and Frances Davis, of Portsea, Hampshire.

Source: Genealogy of Winston Peters –


Alex Aiono

by Manila on May 15, 2017

Place of Birth: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 16, 1996

*Samoan (paternal grandfather)
*Māori (paternal grandmother)
*Danish, English, German, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, Swiss-German, Welsh (mother)

Alex Aiono is an American singer and songwriter.

Alex’s father, Martin Harris Aiono, is a New Zealand immigrant, and is of half Māori and half Samoan descent. Alex’s mother, Heather Lynne (Lee), is American, from Los Angeles, California.

Alex’s patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his tenth great-grandfather, Soisoinailua’ai Leaupepe.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was Ominae Luluali’i Aiono (the son of Luluali’i Aiono and Misimua Ulugaono). Ominae was Samoan, from Fasito’o Uta, Upolu. Alex’s great-grandfather Luluali’i was the son of Muliaina Tua’ifaiva Aiono and La’Amauga Laumea. Misimua was the daughter of Ta’avili Ulugaono and Ana Lutu Molio’o.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari (the daughter of Arapata Tokoarangi Te Maari and Mereana Korau). Eileen was Māori, from Whanganui. Arapata was the son of Tokoarangi Te Maari and Meremionga Hiroti. Mereana was the daughter of Mae Korau and Hinewahirangi Paea.

Alex’s paternal grandfather is Jerald Keith “Jerry” Lee (the son of Raymond Amos Lee and Lenore Pauline Baumgardner). Raymond was the son of James Porter Lee and Pearl Ruby Sperry. Lenore was the daughter of Earl Sebastian Samuel Baumgardner and Elfreida Grimm.

Alex’s maternal grandmother is Barbara Clarene Taylor (the daughter of Seymour Stillman Taylor and Margaret Belle Quinn). Seymour was the son of George Francis Taylor and Barbara Matilda Stillman. Margaret was the daughter of John Alfred Quinn and Clarene Turner.

Alex’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his ninth great-grandmother, Barbara, of Rønne, Bornholm, Denmark.

Sources: Interview about Alex’s father’s ancestry –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandfather, Ominae Luluali’i Aiono –

Genealogy of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Eileen Te Ataakura Te Maari –

Genealogy of Alex’s mother – Bishop David Evans and His Family by J. Grant Stevenson (

Birth record of Alex’s mother –

Alex’s maternal grandfather, Jerald Keith Lee, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Rena Owen

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Place of Birth: Bay of Islands, Northland Region, New Zealand

Date of Birth: July 22, 1962

*Māori, some Welsh (father)
*Danish, French, English (mother)

Rena Owen is a New Zealand television, stage, and film actress.

Rena is the daughter of Cynthia and Ken John Owen (born Kake Hoani Ringi Owen). Rena was raised Catholic in Moerewa, New Zealand.

Rena’s father had Māori (from the Ngati Hine iwi), as well as some Welsh, ancestry. Through her father, Rena is a descendant of a prominent Māori chief, Te Ruki Kawiti. Rena’s mother is white, and was born in Auckland, New Zealand, of Danish, French, and English, descent.

Rena’s paternal grandmother was named Nanny Upa.

Sources: Official Facebook page –

Photo by s_bukley/