Boh Runga

Place of Birth: Christchurch, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 1969/1970

Ethnicity:
*father – Māori, some British Isles
*mother – Chinese-Malaysian

Boh Runga is a New Zealand recording artist. She was the lead singer and guitarist in New Zealand rock band Stellar. Her father, Joseph Runga (Joseph Te Okoro Runga), was a Māori ex-serviceman, of Ngāti Kahungunu. Her mother, Sophia Tang (born Leong Lai Ying), is a Chinese Malaysian singer. She is the sister of musician Bic Runga.

Boh’s paternal grandfather was Kingi Apatu Runga, aka Kingi Teokoro Runga (the son of Tuahine Te Okoro Runga and Hera Te Here Pukapuka Tareha Greening). Kingi was raised by his relatives, Herbert Keil and Sarah Robinson. Tuahine was the son of Hamuera Runga and Te Paoa Runga. Hera was the daughter of William Paihau Henry Greening and Maata Te Kaiamahaki Christy.

Boh’s paternal grandmother was Eva Constance Tong (the daughter of Robert Dawson Tong and Catherine Charlotte Butwell).

Sources: Genealogy of Boh Runga – http://www.geni.com

Online cenotaph of Boh’s father – https://www.aucklandmuseum.com

Military record of Boh’s paternal grandfather, Kingi Teokoro Runga – https://28maoribattalion.org.nz

Genealogy of Boh’s paternal grandfather, Kingi Teokoro Runga (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.familysearch.org

1 Response

  1. comrade says:

    Tag Ngāti Kahungunu

    Her mother’s birth name is Leong Lai Ying (surname is Leong).

    Her father Joseph Te Okoro Runga was the son of Kingi Apatu Runga (aka Kingi Teokoro Runga) and Eva Constance Tong.

    Kingi was the son of Tuahine Te Okoro Runga (son of Hamuera Runga and Te Paoa Runga) and Hera Te Here Pukapuka Tareha Greening. Hera was the daughter of William Paihau Henry Greening and Maata Te Kaiamahaki Christy. William was the son of John Greening and Wikitoria Te Hei a Wairangi Toheriri.
    Maata was the daughter of William Hooper Christy and Rawinia Te Apatu.

    Kingi was raised by his relatives Herbert Keil and Sarah Robinson.

    Eva was the daughter of Robert Dawson Tong and Catherine Charlotte Butwell.

    https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/87008
    https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Tong-294
    https://28maoribattalion.org.nz/soldier/kingi-teokoro-runga
    https://ancestors.familysearch.org/en/M923-6W5/maata-te-kaiamahaki-christy-1849-1926
    https://ancestors.familysearch.org/en/9NQC-4SS/herbert-keil-1887-1944

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