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
13Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetWairarapaWiremu Kīngi WairarapaTe Āti AwaTe Matehou Port Nicholson 29 April 1840

Wiremu Kīngi Wairarapa, also known as Kārewa, signed Te Tiriti at Port Nicholson on 29 April 1840. The son of Te Wehenga, he probably came south from Taranaki in 1824.

His brother was Te Ropiha Moturoa, the next signatory. His children were Kereopa Te Wharepōuri, Wī Kīngi Pouawha and Mere Kuhu. Wairarapa lived in Te Whanganui-a-Tara until the 1860s, when he returned to Taranaki, settling at Parihaka.


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