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
12Sheet 2 — The Manukau-Kāwhia SheetNgamotuNgāmotuNgāti ManiapotoKāwhia 27 August 1840

Ngāmotu signed the Manukau-Kawhia sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 27 August 1840 at Kāwhia. He was a Ngāti Maniapoto rangatira (chief). 

Ngāmotu took the name Takerei around 1849 when he was baptised by John Whiteley at Waiharakeke, southern Kāwhia. Takerei Ngāmotu is named as one of the main Ngāti Maniapoto chiefs in this 1861 newspaper report.

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louise brown

Posted: 08 Feb 2022

was taen by your korero while we were at Te Kauri lodge uncle

Tame Tuwhangai

Posted: 27 Sep 2016

I am a direct descendant of Ngamotu aka Takerei Ngamotu and here are some facts about this Rangatira (chief) and yes he was definitely Ngati Maniapoto.

The main hapu of Takerei Ngamotu was Ngati Te Kanawa and his own personal family hapu was called Ngati Parekahuki of Waiharakeke Kawhia, both hapu belong to the tribe known as Ngati Maniapoto.

Takerei Ngamotu had three children that are known of. Two daughters and a son, the eldest a daughter was named Ani (Ann) Ngahieke the second eldest another daughter was named Mere ( Mary) Rangiporoa and the youngest his only son was named Te Maha Hikuroa.