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
130Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetPakoroTe Pēhi Pakoro TuroaTe Āti Haunui-a-PāpārangiWhanganui 31 May 1840

Te Pēhi Pakoro Tūroa signed the Cook Strait (Henry Williams) sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 31 May 1840 at Whanganui. He was a Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi rangatira (chief). His father, Te Pēhi Tūroa, signed the treaty on Henry Williams’ first visit to Whanganui on 23 May. He was descended from Turi of Aotea, and also had Tākitimu, Te Arawa and Tainui ancestors. He was married to Utaora. Their son Topia Pēhi Tūroa had been known as Te Mutumutu when he was younger.

In 1847, Pakoro opposed selling land for the Whanganui settlement.

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