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Tūtapatūrangi / Tu-te-pakihi-rangi

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.


Signature Sheet Signed as Probable name Tribe Hapū Signing Occasion
16 Sheet 9 — The East Coast Sheet Tutapaturangi Tūtapatūrangi / Tu-te-pakihi-rangi Ngāti Kahungunu Te Aitanga-ā-whare Tūranga, 5-12 May 1840

Tūtapatūrangi, or Tu-te-pakihi-rangi, signed the East Coast sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi between 5 and 12 May 1840 at Tūranga (now Gisborne). He was from the Te Aitanga-ā-whare hapū (subtribe) of Ngāti Kahungunu.

He attended William Williams’ mission station in Tūranga, leaving in 1841 for some time dbecause of the number of deaths that were occurring there.

Pita Tūtapatūrangi attended the Kohimarama conference in 1860 and spoke in support of making peace between the government and Wiremu Kīngi.

Tu-te-pakihi-rangi may be an alternative name for the same man. He was recorded as a rangatira (chief) of Ngāti Kahungunu. His wife was Hinemauruuru. In 1829 he was one of the leaders of the Ngāti Kahungunu taua (war party) to Wharepapa, the home of Ngāti Tama. While Tu-te-pakihi-rangi travelled by sea, a separate group went inland to surprise their enemy. When this gave itself away by dislodging rocks, the party decided to appear peaceful. While Tuhi-mata-renga of Ngāti Tama was preparing a feast for them, they attacked and won a quick victory.

In the early 1830s peace was made between Ngāti Kahungunu and Te Āti Awa in Wellington. At the meeting in Pito-one (Petone), Tu-te-pakihi-rangi spoke about how they would cherish Pākehā, despite the evil brought by their muskets. He could not help but judge them to be an evil people because of these weapons.

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