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
14Sheet 9 — The East Coast SheetTuhuraTūhuraRongowhakaataNgāti MaruTūranga 5-12 May 1840

Tūhura signed the East Coast sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi between 5 and 12 May 1840 at Tūranga (now Gisborne). He was a Ngāti Maru rangatira (chief) of the Rongowhakaata iwi (tribe). This may have been Reweti Tauri Tuhura, a carver who worked on the Te Hau-ki Tūranga meeting house in 1842–43, or Tikihirini Tuhura, a signatory to the sale of the Poverty Bay Block in 1868.

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