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
35Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetToheroaTe ManutoheroaTe Āti AwaNgāti Kōmako ki Puketapu, Ngāti HinerauhuiaQueen 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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'Te Manutoheroa', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 3-Jul-2018

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ripeka te here wharekai whitu kitty ruru

Posted: 23 Sep 2018

i am the great grand daughter to Roera Te Heke-tanga-a-rangi who in turn was the last known living lineal descendant of Te Manutoheroa...(Paramont Chief ki Kaipakopako Waitara West District) in the provincial District of Taranaki.