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
4Sheet 7 — The Herald (Bunbury) SheetHauauruHauāuruNgāti Pāoa, Ngāti WhanaungaCoromandel 4 May 1840

Hauāuru signed the Herald (Bunbury) Treaty of Waitangi sheet on 4 May 1840 at Coromandel Harbour. He was a rangatira (chief) with connections to both the Ngāti Pāoa and Ngāti Whanaunga iwi (tribes). 

A few weeks after the battle of Ōrākau in 1864, Hauāuru and five other Hauraki rangatira accompanied James Mackay, the Assistant Native Secretary, to Auckland on HMS Esk to pay their respects to Governor Grey. [1] Hauāuru was recorded in 1867 as having four other names: Wiropi, Hotereni, Taipari and Tikapa. He was employed as a Native Land Court assessor at Coromandel. Paratene and Hamiora had found gold in the vicinity of his home in Kauaeranga (Thames). [2]

[1] Peace in the Thames districtHawke's Bay Herald, 27 April 1864, p. 3

[2] The reported goldfield in the ThamesDaily Southern Cross, 22 July 1867, p. 3


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