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Te Manutoheroa

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.


Signature Sheet Signed as Probable name Tribe Hapū Signing Occasion
35 Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) Sheet Toheroa Te Manutoheroa Te Āti Awa Ngāti Kōmako ki Puketapu, Ngāti Hinerauhuia Queen Charlotte Sound, 4-5 May 1840

Te Manutoheroa, also known as Taihuru, was an important chief of Te Āti Awa. His parents were Taihura and Motukuatea. He married Heketangaa-rangi and they had at least three children.

In the 1820s, after migrating from Taranaki to the Wellington region with Ngāti Toa, he led the conquest of parts of Te Tauihu (the top of the South Island). In later life he lived at Queen Charlotte Sound, where he signed Te Tiriti on 4 May 1840. He was baptised shortly before his death the following year.

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