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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.


Signature Sheet Signed as Probable name Tribe Hapū Signing Occasion
149 Sheet 1 — The Waitangi Sheet Pero Pero Ngāpuhi? Mangungu, 12 February 1840

Pero signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga.

Miria Simpson notes, ‘Two people named Pero signed at Hokianga … One is reputed to be the son of Te Kanawa of Waikato. The other was from Ngati Paoa of Hauraki.’ [1]

[1] Miria Simpson, Nga tohu o te Tiriti: making a mark, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 1990, p. 26

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