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Ana Hamu

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
61 Sheet 1 — The Waitangi Sheet Ana Hamu Ana Hamu Ngāpuhi? Te Uri-o-Ngongo? Waitangi, 6 February 1840

Ana Hamu signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840. She was one of the widows of Te Koki, chief of Te Uri-o-Ngongo and patron of the Anglican Church Missionary Society’s mission station at Paihia. On one occasion, when Te Koki held talks with the missionaries, he refused to have anyone else present other than Hamu. Hamu gave the site at Paihia for the missionary station.

In 1818 her son Te Ahara went to stay with Samuel Marsden at Parramatta in Australia. After Te Araha died, Te Koki asked that a missionary be sent to Paihia. Another of Hamu and Te Koki's sons, Rangituke, was killed at Tāmaki in 1828.

When her husband died in 1829, Hamu, who was described as ‘a strong personality’, went to stay with the missionaries at Paihia. She was baptised on 5 October 1834 by Henry Williams with the name Ana. She was a close relative of Patuone.

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