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
139Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetPiArama Karaka PīNgāpuhi Te MāhurehureMangungu 12 February 1840

Arama Karaka Pī signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga. He also attended the 28 April signing at Kaitāia, where he spoke in favour of the treaty. 

He was chief of the Māhurehure hapū (subtribe) of Ngāpuhi, based at Waimā in Hokianga. In 1827 he objected that he had not been consulted over the sale of land at Rāwene, on Hokianga Harbour.

He married Rongo (also known as Hariata), who had previously been married to Hōne Heke Pōkai. His son was Wiremu Arama Karaka and his brother was Te Mokaraka.

Pī became a leading government ally during the Northern War of 1845–46. He is thought to have died about 1867.

If you have more information about this treaty signatory please add a community contribution below or contact us at [email protected].

Community contributions

No comments have been posted about Arama Karaka Pī

What do you know?

Can you tell us more about the information on this page? Perhaps you have a related experience you would like to share?

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Comments will be reviewed prior to posting. Not all comments posted. Tell me more...