Tūranga, 5–12 May 1840

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5-12 May 1840Sheet 9 — The East Coast Sheet

On 8 April 1840 the Tūranga missionary William Williams received a copy of the Treaty of Waitangi from his older brother Henry Williams, along with instructions ‘to obtain the consent of the chiefs from East Cape to Ahuriri, the present-day port of Napier.’ [1] Williams was joined by the teenaged student of Māori George Clarke Jnr, who also acted as a witness to the signings along the East Coast between 5 May and 9 June.

On 5 May the two men discussed the treaty and its principles with Tūranga chiefs. Over the next week they gained 24 signatures, ‘almost the whole leadership of the district’. [2]

[1] Claudia Orange, The Treaty of Waitangi, Allen & Unwin, Port Nicholson Press with assistance from the Historical Publications Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1987, p. 71

[2] William Williams, Turanga journals, in Orange, p. 71


Signature Numbersort descending Signed as Probable Name Tribe Hapū
1 Manutahi Kemara Manutahi Rongowhakaata Ngāti Maru
2 Mangere Te Waaka Māngere Rongowhakaata Ngāti Kaipoho
3 Turangi Potiti Paratene Tūrangi Rongowhakaata Ngāi Tawhiri, Ngāi Te Kete
4 Turuki Te Tūruki Rongowhakaata Ngāti Maru
5 Maronui Maronui Rongowhakaata Ngāti Kaipoho
6 Te Urimaitai Ūiramaitai Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti
7 Te Kaingakiore Te Kaingakiore Rongowhakaata Ngāi Tahupo, Ngāti Kaipoho
8 Tauamanaia Tauāmanaia Rongowhakaata
9 Tuwarakihi Tūwarakihi Rongowhakaata
10 Eruera Wna Eruera Wina Ngāpuhi?
11 Ma te nga Tukareaho Mātenga Tūkareaho Ngāti Kahungunu Ngāti Rākaipaaka
13 Ko Paia te Rangi Paia-te-rangi Rongowhakaata Ngāti Maru
14 Tuhura Tūhura Rongowhakaata Ngāti Maru
15 Mahuika Wi Mahuika Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki Ngā Pōtiki
16 Tutapaturangi Tūtapatūrangi / Tu-te-pakihi-rangi Ngāti Kahungunu Te Aitanga-ā-whare
17 Te Hore Te Hori Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki
18 Te Panepane Te Panepane Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata
19 Titirangi Rawiri Tītīrangi Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki Ngāti Wahia, Ngāti Matepu
20 Te Pakaru Enoka Te Pakaru Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki Te Whānau-a-Taupara
21 Te Wareana Te Whareana Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata?
22 Tawarau Tawarau Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki Te Whānau-a-Taupara, Te Whānau-a-Kai
23 Wakahingatu Whakahingatū Rongowhakaata
24 Aera Te Eke Rāwiri Te Eke Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti Ngāti Oneone

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