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
27Sheet 7 — The Herald (Bunbury) SheetMahikaiHarawira MahikaiNgāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Te Whatu-i-apitiHawke's Bay 24 June 1840

Harawira Mahikai signed the Herald (Bunbury) sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 24 June 1840 in Hawke’s Bay. He was a Ngāi Te Whatu-i-apiti rangitira (chief) of the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi (tribe). [1] 

He was painted by Gottfried Lindauer in The Maori at Home. [2]

[1] Whakapapa: Harawira Mahikai,

[2] Class I.—Oil Paintings, The pamphlet collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 66, p. 3

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