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
59Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetTe UapikiHoani Ropiha Te UapikiTe Āti AwaQueen Charlotte Sound 4-5 May 1840

Te Uapiki signed Te Tiriti at Queen Charlotte Sound on 5 May 1840. In 1834 he led a 400-strong force against Ngāti Raukawa in the battle at Haowhenua pā near Ōtaki.

The baptismal name he adopted, Hoani Ropiha (John Hobbs), suggests that he may have been baptised as a Wesleyan (Methodist).


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'Hoani Ropiha Te Uapiki', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 3-Jul-2018

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