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Eruini Te Tupe-o-Tū

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
38 Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) Sheet Te Tupe Eruini Te Tupe-o-Tū Te Āti Awa Ngāti Rāhiri Queen Charlotte Sound, 4-5 May 1840

Eruini (or Herewini) Te Tupe-o-Tū signed Te Tiriti at Queen Charlotte Sound on 4 May 1840. He was married to Te Uira Mātenga, the daughter of Te Mātenga Te Mātia of Ngāti Raukawa, who also signed this Treaty sheet. Their marriage formed a political alliance between their powerful families.

Eruini was a whaler, ship owner and farmer. He spent his later years at Waikanae.

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