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
124Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetDaniel KahikaRāniera KahikaNgāpuhiMangungu 12 February 1840

Rāniera (Daniel) Kahika signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga.

Kahika made the final speech before the signing:

‘What indeed!’ he said in indignant tones. ‘Do you think I will consent to other people selling my land? No, truly. If my land is to be sold I will sell it myself. But no, I will not sell my land. I do not like the Pakehas to tease me to sell my land. It is bad. I am quite sick with it. This is my speech.’ [1]

[1] T. Lindsay Buick, The Treaty of Waitangi: or, how New Zealand became a British colony, Mackay, Wellington, 1914, p. 142

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