In 1823 in a continuing series of vicious raids by Ngapuhi captives were enslaved and taken back to the North, Piripi Taumata-a-kura was one of them, and there, he learned at the mission school at Waimate. In late 1833, he was returned to his people by the intervention of the missionaries. The people believed his return was a good omen and he could assist them as they prepared for war with Whanau-a-Apanui. I will let the words of Keith Newman tell the rest:
When missionaries finally came to the East Coast they found a great work had been accomplished without them, they found 1000 people, attending Christian services at Whakawhitira pā.
BORN: pre 1800, Whakawhitira near the Waiapu River, Aotearoa (New Zealand)
DIED:The date of his death is unknown, but a Piripi Taumata signed the Ngati Porou petition to Governor George Bowen in 1868. More importantly 9 of the 15 Maori priests working in the Diocese of Waiapu during the late 1950s were descendants of Taumata-a-kura - "You shall know them by their fruit."