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
194Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetHohepa PoutamaHōhepa PoutamaKaitāia 28 April 1840

Hōhepa Poutama signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 28 April 1840 at Kaitāia.

He was appointed as a land assessor in 1850.

Hōhepa Poutama died on 14 May 1876 at the age of 75. A death notice in Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani noted that he ‘had been an assessor for many years, and was very attentive and painstaking in the discharge of the duties of his office.’ [1]

[1] Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani, 30 May 1876, p. 1

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