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
34Sheet 3 — The Waikato-Manukau SheetHone KingiHōne KīngiWaikatoNgāti Te AtaManukau Harbour 26 April 1840

Hōne Kīngi signed the Waikato-Manukau sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 26 April 1840 at Manukau Harbour. He was from Ngāti Te Ata of Waikato.

The name Hōne Kīngi appears on 11 documents for the sale of land in the Whāingaroa, Grey and Bell, Kaipara, Whangārei and upper Waikato districts, mainly in the 1850s and 1860s. The first sale was in 1839 to Reverend James Wallis of the Wesleyan (Methodist) Mission Station at Whāingaroa (Raglan). Then, in 1852 and 1854, the Araheke and Mangaorei blocks of the Grey and Bell district (in northern Taranaki) were sold. The Karioi block in the Whāingaroa region was sold in 1855. In 1857, 1858 and 1860, three blocks in the Kaipara district were sold: Tatarariki, Paparoa and Ōruawharo. The Horotiū and Waipā blocks in upper Waikato was sold in 1864. Also in 1864, Kīngi signed for the sale of the Waitetuna and Waipā blocks in the Whāingaroa district.

Kīngi also received a later payment of £50 for a claim on land at Waipū, as he was descended from the original possessors. 

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Neville Conway

Posted: 15 Oct 2021

Was this Hone Kingi the father of Eliza Kingi Northland