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
108Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetTurauWiremu Wāka TūrauNgāpuhi, Te Roroa?Ngāti HaoMangungu 12 February 1840

Wiremu Wāka (William Walker) Tūrau of Hokianga signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga. He was a half-brother of Eruera Maihi Patuone and Tāmati Wāka Nene – they had the same mother, Te Kawehau.

Tūrau fought on the side of the Crown at Ruapekapeka during the Northern War in 1846. It has been suggested that he told government forces that Christian Māori were holding a service at the pā and were vulnerable.

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