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Otago Heads, 13 June 1840

On 13 June, two Ngāi Tahu rangatira (chiefs) signed the Treaty of Waitangi at Otago Heads. The signatures of Hone Karetai and Kōrako were witnessed by Edward Williams, Thomas Bunbury and William Stewart. As Stewart was well known in the south and familiar with the local dialect, Bunbury relied on him to deal with the chiefs. [1]

Due to their late arrival, they gained only the signatures of chiefs who lived near the harbour entrance. They hoped to gain the signature of Taiaroa, but could not find him.

[1] Ross, 1987, pp. 186-8, in H. Evison, Te Wai Pounamu, 1993, p. 132


Signature number Click to sort this column in Ascending order Signed as Probable name Tribe Hapu
12 John Karitai Hone Karetai Ngāi Tahu Ngāti Ruahikihiki, Ngāi Te Kahukura, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Hinekura
13 Korako Kōrako Ngāi Tahu Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Huirapa