Katerina Riparata Te Weehi née Seymour

Ngāti Porou

1935 - 1993

Katerina Te Weehi was born in Ruatoria and was educated at Auckland Girls’ Grammar and at the University of Canterbury where she graduated with a B.A. in Māori in 1990. She tutored Māori language at Canterbury University and was a member of the Māori Women’s Welfare League. She married Hamiora Te Weehi and had seven children. Katerina and Hamiora were associated with the 28th Māori Battalion and RSA at Tennyson Street, Christchurch.

Biographical sources

  • Phone conversation with Sarah O’Brien on 30 July 1998.


  • "He Mihi Ki A Kiri Te Kanawa." Tu Tangata 18 (1984): 39.
  • In this greeting to Kiri Te Kanawa, written in Māori and English, the poet pays tribute to Te Kanawa’s singing prowess which she asserts has brought "great honour" to Māori.