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.


SignatureSheetSigned asProbable nameTribeHapūSigning Occasion
13Sheet 7 — The Herald (Bunbury) SheetKorakoKōrakoNgāi TahuNgāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti HuirapaOtago Heads 13 June 1840

Korako signed Te Tiriti at Otago Heads on 13 June 1840. There are several candidates for the identity of this signatory. Hōne Wētere Kōrako and Kōrako Karetai were both senior rangatira living at Pukekura (Taiaroa Head). Hoani Kōrako is another possibility, a rangatira who lived at Waikouaiti and who was very elderly in 1840.

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Harmon, Jacob

Posted: 02 Aug 2022

Old korako signed the treaty aka Watkins korako.


Posted: 13 Jun 2020

Irian Scott am I able to contact you for further details...? Am trying to research my whakapapa further than what I know of Matenga Taiaroa being my 5x Greta grandfather..


Posted: 25 Sep 2019

The information about the 1817 Sophia incident is incorrect. See "Behold the Moon" by Peter Entwisle for the updated version. A good summary is on Wikipaedia:

Irian Scott

Posted: 27 Mar 2016

Unfortunately who ever compiled this research has conflated Korako (alias Korakonui), the son of Te Rakipataua with that of Korako, the son of Moki (Moki-kuao) and father of Matenga Taiaroa.