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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.


Signature Sheet Signed as Probable name Tribe Hapū Signing Occasion
2 Sheet 4 — The Printed Sheet Ngahu Ngāhu Waikato Ngāti Pou Waikato, Date unknown

Ngāhu, the son of Taranaki, signed the printed sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi, probably in late March or early April 1840. He was a Ngāti Pou rangatira (chief) from Waikato.

In 1838 he was involved in the sale of the Pakahikatoa block, near the Waimā River in Hokianga, to Irishmen John Ryan and James Kelly. The 14 who signed the sale received 10 blankets, 28 yards of printed calico, six shirts, two spades, one pair of trousers, five pounds of tobacco and a razor.

The document for the Pukahoe block in Hokianga states that the land was sold by Taranaki and his son Ngāhu in 1840 to Harry Harrison and Henry Ashford Strout.

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