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
51Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetWareumuTe WhareumuNgāti WaiNgāti Manu, Te Uri KarakaBay of Islands probably Date unknown

Te Whareumu signed the Waitangi sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on an unknown date in 1840, probably in the Bay of Islands. He was a rangatira (chief) of the Ngāti Manu and Te Uri Karaka hapū (subtribes) of Ngāti Wai. He lived at Kororāreka (later called Russell).

Te Whareumu may have been the son of Te Whareumu King George. He was killed in a dispute with Te Māhurehure at Waimā in the Hokianga.

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Posted: 24 Jul 2017

Te Whareumu died about 1827-29, more likely it was the son George who signed the treaty.