James Cootes or Reweti Kuti was born 14 March 1804 in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom to Thomas Cootes (c1780-) and Anne Unknown (c1780-) and died 1 May 1873 Otaki, Kapiti Coast District, Wellington Region, New Zealand of unspecified causes. He married Hara Unknown (-) 1854 in New Zealand.

James became a whaler, coming to New Zealand in his 20s and eventually having close relationships with at least three indigenous women, formally marrying at least one of them.



Offspring of James Cootes or Reweti Kuti and Hara Unknown (-)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hemi (James) Taipo Cootes (1840-1913) 1840 Porirua City, Wellington Region, New Zealand 5 November 1913 Eliza (Raiha) Lawton (Rotene) (1842-)
Hariata Wi Kerei Cootes (-)

Offspring of James Cootes or Reweti Kuti and Waitaoro Te Kanawa (1829-1886)  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
Tame Kuti Cootes (-)
Puarangi Hera Cootes (1852-)
Hera Taare Cootes (-)
Thomas Cootes (1853-)
Harata Cootes (1857-)
Haana Cootes (1861-)
Rakaherea Reweti Cootes (c1855-) 9999 New Zealand Wharekiri Tawhai Honeri (c1855-)

Offspring of James Cootes or Reweti Kuti and Wharekiri Paki (-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
(None recorded at present)


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • detail was significantly updated very soon after this article was published, but with no ""Sources" noted. More documentation is desirable.
  • The Te Papa blog has this relevant section: "the whaler James Cootes (also known as Reweti Kuti), ... left for Picton to continue whaling sometime during the early 1830’s. On his return to Kapiti he formed relationships with two cousins, Waitaoro Te Kanawa and Wharekiri, from whom the Cootes and Reweti-Cootes families descend."
¢ Children
  • James had eight children in total? The Te Papa blog says "Hemi was on of five siblings born to whaler James Cootes, a native of Suffolk, and Waitaoro Te Kanawa of Ngāti Toa".
¢2 Children 2
  • See above notes suggesting discrepancies.

Robin Patterson