PIRIHIRA WAIKAWA SCIASCIA (TUTU)
31-08-1898 to 11-02-1972
Tutu, daughter of Riria McGregor and Nicola Sciascia was born after the death of
her father who was killed by a bull on Portland Island in 1898.
She was brought up as a child by her mother Riria and spent some time with
Ashton and Hirani Nopera before returning to Koputaroa and marrying her husband
Wally Wakefield. He served in the Great War shortly after marriage, and on his
return from the war zone, they lived in Koputaroa, returning to Porangahau about
1923 where they both lived until their respective deaths.
Tutu took an active interest in Maori Welfare League work and other social
activities in the Porangahau area.
Her husband was the heavyweight boxing champion overseas during the Great War,
and was a shearing contractor until his death.
Most text has been taken from the reunion books of 1972 and 1987. However some
changes have been made due to recent research identifying some minor errors in
previously published text.