John (Hone) Gotty

John Gotty, the elder son of Puhiwahine, was educated by Rev. Marshall and later studied at Nelson College from 1860-1863. John and his brother George (Te Oti) were sent overseas for further education. John went to Paris, to St John’s College, Oxford, and to Germany. After his return to New Zealand Gotty married Riria, daughter of Aperahama, a chief of Parewahawaha, and they had five daughters and one son. Gotty joined the armed constabulary and farmed at Ohinepuhiawe. He made a number of literary contributions to The Advocate. One of his daughters remembers John reciting his poetry

Biographical sources

  • Te Ao Hou 30 (1960): 12-13.


  • "Electra: Congratulations from the Māoris of Lower Rangitikei." The Advocate 11 December 1915. Rpt. in part in "Puhiwahine - Māori Poetess: Third Instalment." Te Ao Hou 30 (1960): 10-13.
  • Pei Te Hurinui Jones writes that this poem contains sixteen stanzas and "shows considerable wit, eloquence and versatility in rhyming". Only one section of the poem is included in the Te Ao Hou article.


  • Jones, Pei Te Hurinui. "Puhiwahine - Māori Poetess: Third Instalment." Te Ao Hou 30 (1960): 10-13.