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
62Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetTe WetuTe WhetūNgāti Koata, Ngāti RaukawaNgāti RākaupakupakuRangitoto 11 May 1840

Te Whetū signed Te Tiriti at Rangitoto (D’Urville Island) on 11 May 1840. He was the principal rangatira of Ngāti Koata. After participating in the conquest of Te Tauihu (the top of the South Island) in the 1820s and 1830s, Ngāti Koata first lived at Whakapuaka near Nelson, before moving to Rangitoto.


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