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.


Signing

SignatureSheetSigned asProbable nameTribeHapūSigning Occasion
18Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetMatiu Huka?Matiu HukaNgāpuhiTe Uri-o-NgongoWaitangi 6 February 1840

Matiu Huka signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840 at Waitangi . He spoke in support of the treaty: ‘O Governor! sit, stay, remain, you as one with the Missionaries, a Governor for us. Do not go back, but sit here, a Governor, a father for us, that good may increase, may become large to us. This is my word to thee. Do thou sit here, a father for us.’ [1]


[1] Quoted in William Colenso, The authentic and genuine history of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand, February 5 and 6, Government Printer, Wellington, 1890, p. 22, http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-Stout69-t3-body-d2-d1a.htm


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How to cite this page

'Matiu Huka', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/signatory/1-18, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 17-Jun-2016

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