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
115Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetTipane Toro? / Tipa me Toro?Tīpene Te Toro? Tīpā and Toro?NgāpuhiTe Kapotai?, Ngāti Toro?Mangungu 12 February 1840

Miria Simpson identifies this signatory of the Treaty of Waitangi at Mangungu, Hokianga on 12 February 1840 as ‘Tipa me Toro’ or Tīpā and Toro: ‘The two elements of the mark must have been made by two separate people. Were they twins?’ [1] Claudia Orange, on the other hand, suggests that the name represents a single person, Tīpane Te Toro.

A Tīpene (Steven) Toro who lived in Hokianga died in the late 1860s and was buried at Mangungu.


[1] Miria Simpson, Nga tohu o te Tiriti: making a mark, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 1990, p. 27

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