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
55Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetHaraHaraNgāpuhiTe Uri-o-Te-Hāwato, Ngāti RangiWaitangi 6 February 1840

Hara was a Ngāpuhi chief who signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840 at Waitangi. He also played an important role in convincing Te Hāpuku of Ngāti Kahungunu to sign the treaty. He may be the Hara who, along with 12 other northern chiefs, signed a letter to King William IV of England in 1831 asking for protection from the French. That Hara was listed as a chief of Ōhaeawai.

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Jamie Mackay

Posted: 20 Nov 2015

Tena koe Anonymous. Thank you for your community contribution.

I passed this on to Dr Claudia Orange and she would very much like to be in touch with you. You can contact her at: [email protected]

Nga mihi, Jamie Mackay


Posted: 18 Nov 2015

Kia ora koutou e hoa ma,

I have been searching for information about Hara of Ngapuhi and believe that our tupuna would fit the description of the person who signed the treaty on our behalf.
Our rangatira's full name is Hara Te Kero, but was mostly known as Hara of Ngati Te Aara, a subtribe of Ngati Hine, Ngapuhi. We know that he fought in most of the battles in Northland ie Ohaeawai, Ruapekapeka etc. He had 4 wives which bound many of the Taumarere tribes together and many descendants come from this great chief.
I would like to work with the researchers that came up with the information that makes them feel that Hara of Ohaeawai is the signature to the treaty if I can.