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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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.