Queen Charlotte Sound, 4–5 May 1840

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4-5 May 1840Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) Sheet

While travelling through Queen Charlotte Sound at the top of the South Island, missionary Henry Williams gained 14 signatures for the Cook Strait (Henry Williams) copy of the Treaty of Waitangi on 4 May 1840, and 13 more next day. George Thomas Clayton, the captain of the Ariel – the schooner on which Williams was travelling – also witnessed these signatures.

According to Williams, the treaty was explained before being signed and there were no objections. Tribes which had migrated to the South Island only recently found the protection of rights against other claimants offered by the treaty appealing.

Each signatory made a unique mark next to his name.


Signature Number Signed as Probable Name Tribe Hapūsort descending
54 Nga Kirikiri Ngākirikiri
39 Tiaho Te Teira Tīaho Te Āti Awa
55 Potiki Wiremu Pōtiki? Pūtiki?
40 Tikaukau Tīkaukau Ngāti Tama?
56 Nga Taraheke Ngātaraheke
41 Te Orakaka Te Orakaka
57 Anara Ānaru
59 Te Uapiki Hoani Ropiha Te Uapiki Te Āti Awa
44 Ngaoranga Ngāoranga Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Toa
60 Maru Maru Te Āti Awa?
61 Karaka Ngākaraka
46 Inana Pāora Kīngi Hīnana Ngāti Rārua?
48 Tapotuku Tapotuku
51 Iwikau Pītama Te Iwikau Te Āti Awa
53 Te Rangowaka Pirika Te Rangowaka
43 Te Tirarau Te Tirarau Ngāti Mutunga, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Tama Ngāti Hinetuhi
36 Rewa Tāmati Wairuakīngi Ngārewa Te Āti Awa Ngāti Hinetuhi
35 Toheroa Te Manutoheroa Te Āti Awa Ngāti Kōmako ki Puketapu, Ngāti Hinerauhuia
58 Pikau Tāmati Pīkauterangi Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Toa Ngāti Kurī, Ngāti Maunu
37 Watino Rāwiri Whātino Te Āti Awa Ngāti Mahanga, Ngāti Pōtaka
38 Te Tupe Eruini Te Tupe-o-Tū Te Āti Awa Ngāti Rāhiri
47 Kaparangi Kaparangi Te Āti Awa Ngāti Rāhiri
49 Huriwenua Huriwhenua Te Āti Awa Ngāti Rāhiri
50 Taukina Pāora Taukina Te Āti Awa Ngāti Rahiri
52 Punga Wiremu Te Punga Te Āti Awa Ngāti Rāhiri
42 Tuterapouri Tū-te-rangi-pōuri Taranaki Ngāti Ruanui?
45 Hone Hōne Pumipi Te Rau Te Āti Awa Ngāti Te Whiti, Manukorihi

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Posted: 11 May 2018

There was no such Iwi or Hapu called Te Atiawa in 1840, no one signed the Tiriti as Te Atiawa.
The people were Ngatiawa so it is incredibly inaccurate and offensive to label them as Te Atiawa.
The name Te Atiawa has an entirely different historical context. Please get it right, and no, it is not ok to write Te Atiawa (Ngatiawa) or visa versa. The name is Ngatiawa