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Rāwiri Awarau

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
219 Sheet 1 — The Waitangi Sheet Rawiri Awarau Rāwiri Awarau Te Rarawa Te Patukoraha Kaitāia, 28 April 1840

Rāwiri Awarau signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 28 April 1840 at Kaitāia. A rangatira (chief) from Awanui, he may have belonged to Te Patukoraha and Te Rarawa.

The deed of settlement between the Crown and Ngāi Takoto states (p. 8):

In the nineteenth century, Tuwhakatere’s descendant, Awarau, converted to the Anglican faith and was baptised as Rawiri Awarau, taking the biblical name of David. Awarau was regarded as the last paramount chief of Ngāi Takoto and signed the Treaty of Waitangi at Kaitaia in 1840.

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