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Whina Cooper (1895–1994)

Whina Cooper was born on December 9, 1895 in Te Karaka, New Zealand as Whina Josephine Te Wake. She was married to William Cooper and Richard Gilbert. She died on March 26, 1994 in Hokianga, New Zealand. See full bio »


(age 98) in Hokianga, New Zealand

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On being awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1980: They didn't understand that I'd have more power when I'd been invested, more power to fight for them and for all the Maori people against the government. See more »


She was employed over the years as a gum digger, teacher, shopkeeper, cattle and pig breeder and a leader of Maori land development in the Hokianga. See more »


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