Cliff Curtis

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Curtis in 2010, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Clifford Vivian Devon Curtis

Place of Birth: Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Date of Birth: 27 July, 1968

Ethnicity: Māori, as well as Irish, English, Swedish, and French

Cliff Curtis is a Māori actor from New Zealand. He is affiliated with the Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa.

He is married and has three children.

Cliff’s maternal grandfather was Hector Kelvin O’Halloran (the son of Hector Joseph O’Halloran and Mary Ann “Merama” Lipsey). Hector was the son of Eugene Edward O’Halloran, whose parents were from Bandon, County Cork, Ireland, and of Hildagarde “Hilda” Ulrica Douglass, whose father was from Stockholm, Sweden, and whose mother was from East Chinnock, Somerset, England. Cliff’s great-grandmother Mary Ann was the daughter of George Lipsey aka Ripihi, who came to New Zealand around 1870 from Tully North, Newtowngore, Leitrim, Ireland; and of Ema Te Mokena Morgan, daughter of Chief Te Mokena Hou.

Cliff’s maternal grandmother was Teau “Daisy” Potaka (the daughter of Pape Epiha Potaka and Te Whakahi Rangihoapu). Pape Epiha was the son of Utiku Potaka, whose father was Chief Tapui Arapeta Pehitane Potaka, from Rata, Wanganui-Manawatu, New Zealand; and of Rora Te Oiroa Goff, whose father was from Finistere, Brittany, France, and whose mother was Māori.

Sources: Article about Cliff’s mother – https://www.tvnz.co.nz

Genealogy of Cliff’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Cliff’s maternal grandmother, Teau “Daisy” Potaka – https://www.ancestry.co.uk

Genealogy of Cliff’s maternal great-grandfather, Hector Joseph O’Halloran – https://www.ancestry.co.uk

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  1. comrade says:

    Ethnicity:
    Mother’s side: 1/2 Māori, 1/8 Irish, 1/32 Swedish, 1/32 French, 1/32 Southern English. (i’m not great at fractions, so these are estimates.)
    Father’s side: Unknown but probably of British-Isles descent, perhaps also some Māori.

    Cliff Curtis is the son of G. Curtis and C. Curtis nee O’halloran. His mother died in a car crash when he was 3 years old.

    C. O’Halloran was the daughter of Hector Kelvin O’Halloran (1909-1979) and Teau (Daisy) Potaka (1908-1980).

    Teau (Daisy) Potaka was the daughter of Pape Epiha Potaka (1878–1934) and Te Whakahi Rangihoapu (1878–1928).
    Pape Epiha Potaka was the son of Utiku Potaka (1824–1922) and Rora Te Oiroa Goff (1853–1918).
    Utiku Potaka was the son of Chief Tapui Arapeta Pehitane Potaka (1800–1883) from Rata, Wanganui-Manawatu, New Zealand.

    Rora Te Oiroa Goff was the daughter of William Guillaume Goff (1820-1880), who emigrated to New Zealand in 1840 from Finistere, Brittany, France. William married a Māori native from Hawke’s Bay named Te Oiroa Hohaia.

    Cliff’s maternal grandfather was Hector Kelvin O’Halloran, who was the son of Hector Joseph O’Halloran (1885-1968) and Mary Ann (Merama) Lipsey (1890-1984).

    Hector Joseph O’Halloran was the son of Eugene Edward O’halloran (1852-1932) and Hildagarde (Hilda) Ulrica Douglass (1859-1950).
    Eugene O’halloran’s parents were William O’Halloran (1810–1872) and Sarah Jane Clarke (1807–1877), who came from Bandon, County Cork, Ireland.

    Hilda Douglass’ parents were Frederic Adolphus Douglass (1825–1888) born in Stockholm, Sweden and Sarah Ann Pike (1837–1869) from East Chinnock, Somerset, England.

    Sarah Pike was the daughter of William Pike (1812–1885) and Elizabeth Harris (1808–1868). Cliff’s oldest found maternal ancestor is William Pike’s great-great grandfather, Samuel Pike (born 1649, East Chinnock, Somerset, England).

    Cliff’s paternal great grandmother Mary Ann (Merama) Lipsey was the daughter of George Lipsey aka Ripihi (1846–1913), who came to New Zealand around 1870 from Tully North, Newtowngore, Leitrim, Ireland.

    George Lipsey’s wife was Ema Te Mokena Morgan (1851–1906) daughter of Chief Te Mokena Hou (1795–1885) and Rina Touho (1805–1885) from Te Aroha, NZ.
    Chief Te Mokena Hou was the son of Koropango and Kirioho.

    George Lipsey’s parents were Thomas Lipsey (1820–1890) and Anne Faris (1821–1897) of Aughevore, County Leitrim, Ireland.

    Cliff Curtis’ paternal grandparents might have been Stanley Livingstone Curtis and Elizabeth Ferguson or perhaps William Charles Curtis and Mary Sommerville Rowe.

    Sources:
    Story about his mother: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/cliff-curtis-opens-up-about-childhood-abuse-that-makes-your-toes-crawl-6205798
    Genealogy of Cliff Curtis’ grandmother Teau (Daisy) Potaka: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/tree/155483471/family?cfpid=192064747996
    Genealogy of Cliff Curtis’ maternal great grandfather, Pape Epiha Potaka: https://www.geni.com/people/Pape-Epiha-Potaka/6000000017577620292
    Genealogy of Cliff Curtis’ maternal grandfather, Hector O’Halloran: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/tree/63517690/family?cfpid=222040002476

    (pfffffft this took me a while to write. Is it any good?)

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