New Zealand tribal leader and editor. Name variations: Niniwa Heremaia. Born probably on April 6, 1854, at Oroi, on east coast of Wairarapa, New Zealand; died Mar 23, 1929, at Greytown, New Zealand; dau. of Heremaia Tamaihotua and Ani Kanara; m. in early 1870s (ended c. 1874); m. Kawana Ropiha, c. 1874; m. Tamaihotua Aporo, c. 1900.
After father's death, con-trolled vast parcels of land, much of which was adjudicated in land courts; recognized for her knowledge of genealogy and tradition, and her ability to speak publicly, was recognized as rightful leader of her people; was editor for women's affairs for Maori-language newspapers, Te Tiupiri and Te Puke ki Hikurangi, the latter coming under her ownership in 1904; sponsored production of Maori Record, an English-language newspaper dedicated to advancing the Maori people.
See also Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Vol. 2).