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
17Sheet 6 — The Bay of Plenty (Fedarb) SheetMatoMatoNgāti Awa?Whakatāne 16 June 1840

Mato signed the Bay of Plenty (Fedarb) sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi at Whakatāne on 16 June 1840. He was a Ngāti Awa rangatira (chief).

In 1824, Mato led Ngāti Awa of Whakatāne in a taua (war party) from Ruatāhuna to Wairoa to avenge the deaths of Te Toroa and Rangi-wai-tatao. Ngāti Kahungunu were defeated in a battle fought on the banks of the Wai-reporepo stream.

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