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
125Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetAbraham TautoruĀperahama TaonuiNgāpuhiTe PopotoMangungu 12 February 1840

Āperahama Taonui signed the Waitangi sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga. The ‘very good looking’ young man was a prophet and leader of the Te Popoto hapū (subtribe), and later one of the founders of the Kotahitanga movement.



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Gael Gordon - (maiden name) 1st born 25/12/44

Posted: 01 Sep 2018

Maata Te Naihi known also as Ewai - known as Te Naihi- Chiefteness - No. 127 - My Family know Te Naihi signed along with her Father Abaham sig. (125) whom was baptised with the English name of Abraham and was christened at Cloudy Bay by 1st English Missionary same day as Maata TeNaihi & James Heberley had English Wedding at Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sounds - Te Naihi signature is 127. Maata TeNaihi had Moku on Chin - sign of - High Princess given to Grt Grt Grt Grandfather James Heberley as his Wife by Chiefs as he Whaled and Traded Goods at Sea for her Tribe - see James Heberleys Memoirs -protected by Waitangi Historical Records - James stated "he was given a princess for Wife)