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
172Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetHimiona TangataHimiona TangataTe Rarawa?Kaitāia 28 April 1840

Himiona Tangata signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 28 April 1840 at Kaitāia.

Himiona was freed from slavery by missionary William Gilbert Puckey. His first wife was Ngarahuihui, and in 1838 they had a son, Rēnata Wiremu Tangata, who became a clergyman. Following Ngarahuihui's death, Himiona married Hopia Tiratahi of Awanui on 5 February 1840. The following year he was confirmed as a Christian teacher. Himiona died in 1860. [1]

[1] ‘Two firsts for the Tangata whanau’, Northland Age, 12 February 2013

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