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Te Kātipa Te Awarahi

Nga Tohu

In 1840 more than 500 chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Ngā Tohu, when complete, will contain a biographical sketch of each signatory.


Signature Sheet Signed as Probable name Tribe Hapū Signing Occasion
12 Sheet 3 — The Waikato-Manukau Sheet Te Katipa Te Kātipa Te Awarahi Waikato Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Pou Waikato Heads, Late March or early April 1840

Te Kātipa signed the Waikato-Manukau sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi in late March or early April 1840 at Waikato Heads, and again on 26 April at Manukau Harbour. In 1858 he played a part at the king-making ceremony at Ngāruawāhia, delivering a speech after Pōtatau had consented to be King. He also spoke at the Remuera Kīngitanga meeting. His son, Maihi Kātipa, was captured at the Battle of Rangiriri in November 1863, during the Waikato War.

In 1899 Te Kātipa was the kaihautū (helmsman) of the Paparata waka (canoe) at the Ngāruawāhia regatta. He was described as a ‘grizzled, gaunt old rangatira from Rangiriri, flourishing a fine “mere-pounamu” [greenstone club]’. [1]

[1] Auckland Star, 11 December 1899, p. 6

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