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
10Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetNgatataNgātata-i-te-rangiTe Āti Awa, TaranakiNgāti Te WhitiPort Nicholson 29 April 1840

Ngātata-i-te-rangi, also known as Makoare Ngātata, signed Te Tiriti at Port Nicholson on 29 April 1840. He was the son of Te Rangiwhetiki and Pakanga. With his two wives he had six children.

Ngātata established Kumutoto pā with his relative, Wī Piti Pōmare, in 1824. When Pōmare left for the Chatham Islands in 1835, he formally handed over the lands to the custody of those who were remaining. Ngātata was given Ngauranga and present-day Thorndon.


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