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
31Sheet 3 — The Waikato-Manukau SheetNgawaka (Te Ao)Ngāwaka Te Ao-o-te-rangi WaikatoNgāti HouruaWaikato Heads Late March or early April 1840

Ngāwaka Te Ao-o-te-rangi signed the Waikato-Manukau sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi in late March or early April 1840, though the sheet is dated 11 April. He was from Ngāti Houroa in Putataka (now Port Waikato).

In 1839 Ngāwaka signed sale documents for the Maraetai and Putataka blocks at Waikato Heads. In 1840 he acted as a witness for the sale of Motutapu Island, the Matuku block on Waiheke Island, and the Pae-o-Kaiwaka and Kotikoti blocks at Waiuku.

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