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
6Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetMatangiMatangiTe Āti AwaNgāti Te Whiti, Ngāti Tāwhirikura, Ngāti Hāmua, Ngāti Mutunga Port Nicholson 29 April 1840

Matangi, also known as Ruahau, signed Te Tiriti at Port Nicholson on 29 April 1840. He took the name Rāwiri, or David, after his baptism. His parents were Te Ua and Mahanga. He married Pikiaterangi, and their children were Kakeaterangi and Manihera Te Ngātoru.

Matangi came from Taranaki to Te Whanganui-a-Tara in the great migration called Te Nihoputa, in 1824. Eventually Matangi settled at Ngauranga.

In 1843 he warned his daughter in New Plymouth not to sell land to Pākehā, as this had not gone well in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington).


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