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
33Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetPakewaPākewaTe Āti AwaPuketapu?Port Nicholson 29 April 1840

Pākewa, also known as Paekawa, signed Te Tiriti at Port Nicholson on 29 April 1840. She was a wahine rangatira of Te Āti Awa.

Her parents may have been Ngākoro and Te Hurupoki (of Ngāti Ruanui). She married Rāwiri Nukaiahu and they migrated from Taranaki to Waikanae around the 1830s. Descendants say that Pākewa and Rāwiri had eight children, including two daughters named Mere and Pairoke. Their daughter Pairoke married a settler, William Jenkins.

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Kathy Freeman

Posted: 31 Oct 2022

My husband is Robert freeman son of Arthur Isaiah Freeman son of Ihaiah (Isaiah) Freeman son of Morereau (Morere) and Edward Freeman. The marriage record from the church has them recorded immediately above the record of her sister Puruhara (Puhara) marrying William Jones. Another record has another sister listed as Hanaruanui who married Ihaia Patikitoa and had a daughter Roka. Isaiah Freeman married his cousin Roka. They had no children. He then married Caroline Yardley. Roka and Isaiah died youngish and Wikitorias name was on records that requested some land shares went to Isaiahs two sons. The land is near Bell block and Isaiah had farmed land there where the railroad was put through and recently the motorway. Some details could be incorrect. Thanks to all who have helped my search also as info was hard to find 30 yrs ago


Posted: 24 Sep 2022

I descend down from Pakewa through her daughter Paeroke & William Jenkins. Their daughter Erena Ellen Franklin-Browne and her husband William Franklin-Browne had a daughter Hilda Emma Davis (born Browne) and she was my great-great grandmother.

I’ve also been interest in our Māori ancestry so would love to know any more information.

I know our iwi is Te Ati Awa and hapu is Puketapu. The marae I’ve researched is Muru Raupatu. If anyone has any further info and would like to connect, check out my sisters MyHeritage tree

Eva C Knox

Posted: 06 Jul 2022

Hello Jackie, I hope this will be of help to you. Edward Charles HOPKINSON is my great grand Uncle. Puhara JONES is my third great grandmother. Yes she married William JONES in 1838 I understand. Yes, they had daughter Eliza - RAIHA JONES, and yes Raiha married Edward HOPKINSON.

Yes they had a son-
Edward Charles Hopkinson
Born 1878 in New Plymouth – Died 1950 Auckland.

He did marry Ellen Elizabeth Hardgrave. In 1901 Born 1877- Died 1913.

Regards Eva Claudia Knox


Posted: 11 May 2022

Anyine have info on Puhara ( Annie ) JONES? Supposedly married William JONES - had daughter Eliza - RAIHA JONES ? and Raiha married Edward HOPKINSON.
Does anyone have info on Edward HOPKINSON - what he did etc..
I am trying to find for sure if he had a son named
Edward Charles Hopkinson
BIRTH 1874 - 1878 ?

DEATH 4 NOVEMBER 1950 • Auckland, New Zealand
Can't find a birth for Edward Charles Hopkinson anywhere - want to confirm who were his parents? Looking for a descendant of his and his first wife Ellen Hardgrave.
Wanting to trace his tangata whenus roots.
Thanks heaps.

Samii Thornborough

Posted: 06 May 2022

I descend down from Paeroke and William through their daughter Erena Ellen Browne (Jenkins). Erena and William Browne had Ellen Selina Milson (Browne), who Married Jesse Milson and had a daughter, Mary Marion Ruth Milson who is my great grandmother.
Im looking for more information on our lineage.
Please check my wikitree page and contact me there

Jamie Kelly

Posted: 05 Apr 2022

Paeroke is my great, great grandmother. We came from Parihaka
Rangatira for puketapu hapu of Te Ati Awa. Feel free to find me on social media under 'Jamie Sasuke Kelly's, if you'd like to help each other fill in more gaps to each other's tūpuna.
Much aroha


Posted: 06 Feb 2022

Hey! She is my 5x great grandmother

Natasha Cleine

Posted: 07 Nov 2021

I think I’m also a descendant of Puhara Jones but I have family tree that says she married Edward Freeman (b1809 d13.13.1874) on 11.9.1848 St Luke’s, Bell Block.

David Down

Posted: 22 Nov 2020

In your comment about Paeroki , you have spelt her name Pairoke which is incorrect . The correct spelling is Paeroki and she was my 3rd Grandmother. She married William Jenkins in 1840 and died after giving birth to her 9th child Sept 14th 1853. It is said that she is buried at Te Uruhi but we can't find any record of her burial plot.

Clive Moon

Posted: 31 Aug 2020

Wikitoria Apahuna was my ancestor. She must have married twice because she also married Te Rerenga and had four children, Ihaia Potikitoa, Ema Freeman, Temu and Puhara Jones (my direct ancestor). Was anyone aware that Wikitoria married Tuterapouri and Te Rerenga - any help would be welcome - thank you

Allan Robert Jenkins

Posted: 31 May 2020

Was my great great grandfather and I'm sitting here with my three children we where looking in to our history my children are of Aboriginal and NZ people we are really interested in our history is anyone here know something feel free to look us up on face book

Courtney Jenkins

Posted: 16 May 2020

My dad is a jenkins and from William Jenkins but not sure exactly if he was my dads grandads grandad i will ask where he slots in but think hes from the second wife carmont.

James Andersen

Posted: 23 Jan 2020

Kia ora whanau, William Jenkins was my grandfathers, grandfather. I am looking for any whanau of mine that descend from the 8 children Pairoke and Jenkins had. I have been given pictures of Jenkins by my grandfather. I have been told that I am Danish/Maori, wondering if any of the 8 tamariki they had went on to have children with a danish man, I have heard stories that he had long blond hair that went down to his waist, local maori thought he was crazy as he used to ride horses bareback and naked along the beach.

ripeka te here wharekai whitu TeNgaruru

Posted: 30 Oct 2018

te manutoheroa was my great great grandfather and is burried at Queen Charlootte sounds S.I....and was the father to Wikitoria (apahuna) and grandfather to Roera Te Heke-tanga-a-rangi being the only lineal descendant still alive in 1856 and was awarded his estate in the 1900s to which we are now in reciept of his lands through my kuia Roera Te Heke-tanga-a-rangi of the taranaki rohe.....

Toni Davies

Posted: 09 Jan 2018

Hi ,paeroke was mere pakewa mother,mere married William cameron an had a son James. James Cameron is my great grandfather. Any information about mere, paeroke an pakewa would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Tere Gilbert

Posted: 16 Apr 2017

Pakewa is my Tipuna whaea 6 generations back. She was wife of Rawiri Nukaiahu and Sister of Te Manutoheroa. Ko Ngati Puketapu te hapu Ko Te Ati Awa te iwi. Paeroke Was one of her children who was painted by Barraud. Paeroke married whaler Bill Jenkins and lived at Wharemauku near Kapiti. They Had an inn at Wharemauku. She died after her 9th child born.