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
7Sheet 5 — The Tauranga SheetRekoRekoNgāi Te RangiTauranga 10 April-May 1840

Reko, the son of Puhirake, signed Te Tiriti at Tauranga in April or May 1840. A Christian convert and member of missionary Alfred Brown’s congregation at Tauranga, he was killed in fighting at Ōngare pā, Katikati. Reko’s nephew, Rāwiri Tuaia Puhirake, led Tauranga iwi at the Battle of Gate Pā.

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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