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
134Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetHamiora MatangiHāmiora MatangiNgāpuhiTe Popoto? Mangungu 12 February 1840

Hāmiora Matangi signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga. He may be the Matangi who signed the 1831 letter sent by northern chiefs to King William IV asking for protection from the French. He was probably present at the selection of the United Tribes’ flag at Waitangi in 1834.

However, while the name was written Hamiora Matangi, he may in fact have been Haimona Matangi, whose son, Pāora Nohi Matangi, signed the treaty on 6 February 1840 at Waitangi.

Haimona Matangi met the Anglican missionary Samuel Marsden in 1819 during a feud with a relation, Muriwai. Though he was baptised by Methodist missionaries, it is unclear how full his conversion was. Matangi asked the missionaries for medicine for his son, while at the same time sending for a tohunga (traditional healer).

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