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
235Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetNga ManuNgāmanuNgāti PāoaKaraka Bay? 9 July 1840

Ngāmanu signed the Waitangi sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 9 July 1840 in Tāmaki (Auckland), possibly at Karaka Bay. He may have been a Ngāti Pāoa rangatira (chief).

In 1864 Ngāmanu was working as a native policeman. He was one of three mediators sent to find those who had escaped from Gate Pā in Tauranga to tell them they could safely surrender to the government. As Ngāmanu travelled through the Waimapu ranges, he reported that people were living in twos and threes under the trees, surviving on berries and fungi.

Ngāmanu signed the 1873 deed of sale for the Whangamatā, part no. 3 block in the Hauraki district to the Crown for £2,065.

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