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Parewahawaha Ranginui Leonard
Parewahawaha Ranginui Leonard
Birth: 23 September 1872
Waotu, Waikato, New Zealand
Death: 29 December 1984
Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
Age: 112 years, 97 days
Country: New ZealandNZL

Parewahawaha Ranginui Leonard (neé Simmonds; 23 September 1872? – 29 December 1984) was a New Zealandian supercentenarian claimant and weaver whose age is currently unvalidated by Gerontology Research Group (GRG). [1][2] If validated, she would have been the oldest person ever born in New Zealand and the second-oldest person ever in New Zealand, after British-born Florence Finch.


Parewahawaha Ranginui was supposedly born in Waotu, Waikato, New Zealand on 23 September 1872 as the daughter of Henare "Harry" Henry Simmonds. She married Heketoro Whakaue Leonard. Her husband died in 1952. Her daughter, Rangimahora Reihana died in December 1993, at the age of 94. Her grandson, Karl Leonard is a carver and weaver.

Parewahawaha Ranginui died in Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand on 29 December 1984 at the claimed age of 112 years, 97 days. If validated, she would have been the third-oldest living person in the world behind Augusta Holtz of the United States and Matthew Beard also of the united states.


  1. Death comes at 112 Imgur (originally from the Auckland Star, 29 December 1984)
  2. Ranginui Parewahawaha Ranginui Leonard (Simmonds) (1872 - 1984) Genealogy Geni

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