Stephen Hay (Ngāi Tūāhuriri – Ngāi Tahu) is a singer/songwriter and musician, originally from Northland. In an email, his mother outlines what she knows of his whakapapa.
“Your great great great grandmother was Irahapeti who was the daughter of a chief, who lived at Kaipoi, near Christchurch. During the Maori wars, the North Island chief Te Rauparaha came down to deal with our tribe and since he had muskets, basically slaughtered our people. Irahapeti escaped inland with a few others and made her way to Riverton at the bottom of the South Island, where she lived and eventually married a white man, Captain Stevens. They had two children, Rachel, your great great grandmother, and her brother, before Irahapeti died.