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
126Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetTe RangiwakaruruaTe RangiwhakaruruaTe Āti Haunui-a-PāpārangiWhanganui 23 May 1840

Te Rangiwhakarurua, sometimes recorded as Te Rangiwhakaruru, signed the Cook Strait (Henry Williams) sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 23 May 1840 at Whanganui. He was a rangatira (chief) of Ngāti Hau from the Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi iwi (tribe).

In 1829, Ngāti Hau captured Te Puke and Te Ao of Ngāti Raukawa, who were travelling to Kāpiti. Te Rauparaha asked Te Rangiwhakarurua to allow the prisoners to travel to Kāpiti, and he agreed.

In 1866 Te Rangiwhakarurua was a signatory to the sale of the Rangitīkei-Manawatū Block.

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Posted: 04 Aug 2022

I think the suggestion that Te Rangiwhakarurua signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 23 May 1840 at Whanganui may need checking.

The important Waitangi Tribunal Report He Whiritaunoka Vol 1 for Wai 903, (the Whanganui Land Report) published in 2015 says at page 131 that Te Rangiwhakarurua probably signed the Treaty on 31 May 1840, and probably at Waikanae.