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
65Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetTe PateteTuri Te PāteteNgāti KoataNgāti RakaupakapakaRangitoto 11 May 1840

Turi (also known as Rāniera) Te Pātete signed Te Tiriti at Rangitoto (D’Urville Island) on 11 May 1840.

He was among the Ngāti Koata people who migrated from Kāwhia to Kāpiti with Ngāti Toa in 1822. Following the 1824 battle of Waiorua on Kāpiti Island, Ngāti Koata and Ngāti Kuia, who had fought on opposing sides, came to an arrangement. Ngāti Koata would settle among Ngāti Kuia at Te Hoiere (Pelorus Sound) in return for providing protection. The agreement was cemented by arranged marriages between senior rangatira on both sides. As part of this arrangement, Te Pātete married Ōriwia Meihana of Ngāti Kuia.

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Posted: 25 Feb 2016

Kia ora

Just wanted to say that this is awesome! Te Patete was my great great great great grandfather (I hope there is enough greats there). I have always tried to find his tohu. Good luck with the project.