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
9Sheet 3 — The Waikato-Manukau SheetWarakiNūtoni Te Waraki Ngāti ManiapotoWaikato Heads Late March or early April 1840

Nuitoni Te Waraki, from Kāwhia, signed Te Tiriti at the Waikato Heads mission station in late March or early April 1840. He attended the 1860 Kohimarama Conference, a series of meetings between chiefs and the government at which the Treaty of Waitangi was reconfirmed. He converted to Christianity and took the name Nuitoni (Newton) in the 1860s.

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Arana Herbert

Posted: 22 Feb 2016

Kia ora,
Chief Te Waraki aka Nûtone Te Waraki is my great great great grandfather. His only child Hemoata Te Waraki is my great great grandmother and the bearer of great mana and prestige. She fell in love with James Nelson a halfcaste English/Scottish from Cumberland, England. My great great great grandfather disapproved of their union, but however she pursued the love affair and fell pregnant with my great grandfather Hone Nelson. After my great grandfather Hone was born, my great great grandmother Hemoata passed away due to complications. My great great grandfather James Nelson tried to make haste with my great grandfather Hone in tow, Te Waraki told him to leave Hone and go or be killed, so James decided to leave his son behind and left Kawhia. Hone grew up in the traditional ways of the mâori and also learnt the traditional ways of the pakeha. He had twelve children to Hurihia Maupakanga with their oldest child being my grandmother Taerere Hone.