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
21Sheet 6 — The Bay of Plenty (Fedarb) SheetHaukakawaHaukākawaNgāti Awa?Whakatāne 16 June 1840

Hemi Haukākawa signed the Bay of Plenty (Fedarb) sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi at Whakatāne on 16 June 1840. He was a Ngāti Pūkeko rangatira (chief) of the Ngāti Awa iwi (tribe) from nearby Kopeopeo. Haukākawa was married to Putanui. Their granddaughter was Ngaraka, of the Patuwai hapū (subtribe).

In 1865 Haukākawa gave evidence at the trial of Wiremu Kepa Te Amopu, his half-brother. Haukākawa had gone to Whakatāne after the Pai Mārire prophet Horomona arrived there. Haukākawa had seen Wiremu on shore after a boatload of people had cast off to kill the interpreter James Fulloon and the Pākehā crew of the cutter Kate. [1]

[1] Fifth day—November 10Daily Southern Cross, 12 December 1865, p. 5

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