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
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,

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