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
36Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetRewaTāmati Wairuakīngi Ngārewa Te Āti AwaNgāti HinetuhiQueen Charlotte Sound 4-5 May 1840

Tāmati Ngārewa signed Te Tiriti at Queen Charlotte Sound on 4 May 1840. He was described on the Treaty sheet by Henry Williams as a ‘principal rangatira’. He led the hapū of Ngāti Hinetuhi, who came originally from Urenui, in North Taranaki.

At the time of the Treaty he was living at Anahou in Queen Charlotte Sound. In the mid 1850s the hapū shifted to a reserve at Port Gore, a bay close to the northern tip of the Marlborough Sounds.


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