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
4Sheet 4 — The Printed SheetTe NokeTe MokeWaikatoNgāti Te Wehi Waikato Date unknown

Te Noke signed the printed sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi, probably in late March or early April 1840. He was a rangatira (chief) of the Waikato hapū Ngāti Te Wehi.

The Te Moke who was recorded as a rangatira of Ngāti Te Wehi in the early 19th century may be the same man. He joined Te Wheoro in a Waikato taua (war party) to attack Whenua-pō, the pā (fortified villiage) of Ngāti Te Rā. Te Hiakai led Ngāti Te Rā away, wanting to avoid a battle, but Ngāti Te Wehi pursued them. Te Moke saw a greenstone hei tiki (pendant) around Te Hiakai’s neck and took it for Te Wheoro.

In 1840 Te Moke and three others signed a deed providing land at Whakatapu for the Aotea mission station.

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Jamie M

Posted: 01 Feb 2021

Kia ora Thelma - is this the signatory you are after?

Thelma Moke

Posted: 11 Jan 2021

I am wondering if there is a signature for my ancestor Te Moke who signed the Treaty?