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
36Sheet 3 — The Waikato-Manukau SheetTamatiTāmati NgāporaWaikatoNgāti Mahuta, Ngāti Te AtaManukau Harbour 26 April 1840

Tāmati signed the Treaty at Manukau Harbour on 26 April 1840 and was probably Tāmati Ngāpora, a cousin of Pōtatau Te Wherowhero from Ngāti Mahuta. Tāmati Ngāpora’s life’s work was to retain Māori sovereignty and land rights, eventually becoming a key supporter of the Kīngitanga, though he had initially been opposed to the idea. He died in 1885 aged about 80.

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