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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 5 — The Tauranga Sheet Huitao Huitao Ngāi Te Rangi Ngāi Tūkairangi Tauranga, 10 April-May 1840

Huitao signed Te Tiriti at Tauranga in April or May 1840. His sons, Te Whanake and Tari, also signed. Edward Shortland recorded a conversation he had with Huitao in 1842, in which the rangatira talked about the disillusionment amongst Māori about the protections given in the Treaty.

For further information and sources see Debbie McCauley, The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana

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