The Passing of Tame Horomona Rehe

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The Passing of Tame Horomona Rehe

Tame Horomona Rehe (Tommy Solomon) died of pneumonia and heart failure at his home in Manukau on 19 March 1933.

Reported to be the last of his ‘race’ Tommy was a well-known personality throughout New Zealand and had considerable mana on his home-islands of Rekohu.

Tame (Tommy) Solomon formerly Horomona Rehe

Tame Horomona Rehe
Born in Chatham Island, New Zealandmap

Tommy was the son of Rangitapua Horomona Rehe and Ihimaera Te Teira

He married  Ada (Fowler) Solomon ( on Rekohu,

Tommy became a sheep farmer in 1903, soon after the death of his mother and his marriage to Ada Fowler of the Kai Tahu Iwi.

By 1915 Tommy was running 7000 sheep and a herd of cattle. After the death of his wife and his father in 1915, Tommy married Whakarawa in 1916, (She was the niece of his first wife.) They had five children.

During the 1920s, Tommy became known as one of the most successful farmers on the Chatham Islands. He had an active social and political life and was widely respected for his generosity and his conciliatory nature. He leaves an enduring legacy as the “last full-blooded Moriori.”

A life-size statue of Tommy Solomon was erected in 1986 by his descendants to acknowledge his contribution to the Chatham Islands and to commemorate his life.

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