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
122Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetTe Kekeao ParateneTe Kēkēao ParateneNgāpuhiNgāti Matakiri, Te Uri TaniwhaMangungu 12 February 1840

Te Kēkēao of Pukenui signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga.

He may be the Kēkēao who signed an 1831 letter to King William IV from northern chiefs, asking for protection from the French.

Te Kēkēao was an early convert to Christianity and was baptised with the name Paratene (Broughton). His interest in missionary farming techniques may have played a role in his conversion.

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