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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
3 Sheet 5 — The Tauranga Sheet Tamaiwhahia Tama-i-wāhia Ngāi Te Rangi Tauranga, 10 April-May 1840

Tama-i-wāhia signed Te Tiriti at Tauranga in April or May 1840. He was a tohunga whose pā at Ōtamarākau near Maketū was attacked by Te Arawa in 1832. He was forced to flee with his people to Tauranga. Encouraged by a vision that he had, his people launched an attack on Ōtamarākau in order to re-take it. However, their attack failed and Tama-i-wāhia was nearly killed in consequence for failing to correctly predict the outcome of the battle.

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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