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
8Sheet 5 — The Tauranga SheetTariTariNgāi Te Rangi Ngāi Tūkairangi, Te TāweraTauranga 10 April-May 1840

Tari, son of Huitao and brother of Te Whanake, signed Te Tiriti at Tauranga in April or May 1840. In 1838 he was one of those who sold the Te Papa block to Alfred Brown and the Church Missionary Society. He helped prepare the site for missionary Alfred Brown’s house to be built. He later gave evidence in support of the sale to the CMS. In 1842 two of his children died within days of each other. He lost another child in 1843. Tari was one of the rangatira to surrender after the fighting at Tauranga in 1864.

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

If you have more information about this treaty signatory please add a community contribution below or contact us at [email protected].

Community contributions

No comments have been posted about Tari

What do you know?

Can you tell us more about the information on this page? Perhaps you have a related experience you would like to share?

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Comments will be reviewed prior to posting. Not all comments posted. Tell me more...