World War 2
Wiremu Wi Te Koha Wiremu (Ngati Rongoū/Ngapuhi)
Bill's mother was Hera Maraea of Ngapuhi. When Bill was 3 years old his grandfather Hohepa died. He and his mother then moved to Papa Aroha. When he finished school he went to work on the scows up and down the country and in Australia. In his younger days Wiremu was a talented rugby player. He married and had eight children and many grandchildren.
Reference: 'Nga Kiri Kapia', episode of television series, Waka Huia, Television New Zealand, Auckland, first broadcast on Television One, 6 June 2010.