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
12Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetNapunaMohi NgāpongaTaranakiNgāti HaumiaPort Nicholson 29 April 1840

Mohi Ngāponga signed Te Tiriti at Port Nicholson on 29 April 1840. Details of his life are recorded in Nga Tupuna o Te Whanganui-a-Tara: 

In about 1834 [Mohi] led a group of people from Waikanae to settle first at Ngauranga and then Te Aro Pā … Mohi was present at the special gathering of iwi on Matiu Somes Island before Pōmare and most of the Ngāti Mutunga left for the Chatham Islands. At that meeting he was given the areas of Te Aro and Paekawakawa (Island Bay).

Nga Tupuna o Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Vol. 1, Wellington City Council, 2001, p. 15.


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Posted: 11 Jan 2021

Ki tōku nei whakaaro: N(g)apuna was Tamati Te Matoha - husband of Oriwia Te Atiraukawa.
Tamati was the brother of Kaheno, Matamangu and Parata Nuku. His father was Tahuriao. Tahuriao was the brother of Te Wehenga and uncle of Te Matoha, Ropiha Moturoa and Wi Kingi Wairarapa.