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Reihana Teira

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
191 Sheet 1 — The Waitangi Sheet Rehana Teira Reihana Teira Te Rarawa? Te Patukoraha Kaitāia, 28 April 1840

Reihana Teira signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 28 April 1840 at Kaitāia. He was from Maunganui.

One Rangahau Whānui report for the Waitangi Tribunal suggests this was Reihana Teira Waero, while a second suggests Reihana Teira Ngakaruwhero.

Reihana spoke before the signing:

We have always been gentlemen; we do not want a shepherd. We will not be hindered getting wood; we formerly cleared any spot of land we liked, burnt the wood; then some one came and built a house on it, and then we quarrelled. [1]

[1] Quoted in T. Lindsay Buick, The Treaty of Waitangi: or, how New Zealand became a British colony, Mackay, Wellington, 1914, p. 147

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