Evelyn Huia Ngatai Snee:

“The song Has ended, but the melody lingers on…”

Evelyn Huia Ngatai Snee

Ko Whetumatarau te maunga
Ko Punaruku te awa
Ko Tokataa me Punaruku nga kainga oku
Ko Te Whanau o Tuwhakairiora, Te Whanau o Hinerupe me Te Whanau o
Kauwhakatuakina nga hapu
Ko Ngati Porou te iwi

Daughter of 

Tamehana Wirepa Ngatai ( Ngati Porou) raua ko Joyce Evelyn Huia Brooking ( Ngati Porou)

Grandaughter of 

Te Wakenuiroa Ngatai ( Ngati Porou) raua ko Okeroa Te
Rangiirungatututaonga Wirepa Ngatai ( Ngati Porou, Te Whanau a Apanui)

Grandaughter of 

Charles Henry Brooking ( Ngati Porou) raua ko Ann Paule
Brooking ( Scottish )

Great Grandaughter of 

Tamehana Wirepa ( Te Whanau oa Apanui ) raua ko Matekino Parapara ( Ngati Porou)

Great Grandaughter of 

Tapita Gerrard ( Ngati Porou) raua ko Julian Arthur Brooking

Evelyn was the first born of 9 siblings who she loved dearly…Charles ( Chas) Nigel, Dianne, Jacqueline, Bronwyn, Brenda, Justine ( Mok) and the youngest Leslie who was gifted to her Grandfather Wakenuiroa baby brother in Nuhaka, Mita Ngatai and Pani Ngatai.

She was never far from them throughout her entire life, her siblings were her strength, her happiness and her foundation, especially Chas.

Born in Waipiro Bay on the East Coast and grew up on the fertile lands of Ngati Porou for her entire childhood. As the eldest in the family she rarely got a trip to town instead staying behind to look after the younger siblings. Evelyn grew up eating from the land and sea and struggled her adult life with processed food once she moved into town.

Even in her last months before she passed her nephews Tom Ngatai and Richard Brooking drove her kai from Te Araroa to her as this is all her body could hold, and such was their love for her they made regular trips of one day duration to drop off and head back to Ngati Porou.

As a young teenager she attended Turakina Maori Girls College…a long way from home, she would spend some school holidays in Takapau with her Mums sister Irene Wyatt.

 As destiny would have it, this is also where she met her husband who she would marry a short time later…Leonard Arthur Snee.

Evelyn and Arthur were married at Putiki Marae Wanganui (Her parents had moved there for work) on October 23, 1971. They moved to Takapau and had Tracey, Shaun and Jacqueline.

Work commitments took them to Hastings where Evelyn was also again living in the same town as her parents and most of her siblings who had all moved there for work and education.

Evelyn's Favorite Quote...

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- Evelyn

Favorite Photos

Our trip to Fiji 2008

This is the trip where Evelyn did...

Christmas 2019

This was the Christmas where Dave & Susan came over from Australia to spend Christmas with us

Evelyns High School Swim Team 176

Evelyns team came 2nd in the national championship

The Wanderers 1981

Evelyn's band he toured with during the late 70's and 80's. We still kept that guitar this whole time and it's being passed onto her son James to keep it playing for years to come. 

Some Words From Family & Loved Ones

Anna Foucher

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Peter Schmidt

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Andreas Holz

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