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
38Sheet 9 — The East Coast SheetTamaiwakanehuTama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangiNgāti PorouTe Whānau-a-Ruataupare, Te Whānau-a-Te-AoTokomaru 9 June 1840

Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi signed the East Coast sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 9 June 1840 at Tokomaru Bay. He was a rangatira (chief) of the Te Whānau-a-Ruataupare and Te Whānau-a-Te-Ao hapū (subtribes) of Ngāti Porou. He was married to Mereana Tongia and they had a daughter called Herewaka Porourangi Potae (Te Rangi-i-paea). Their granddaughter was the singer Fanny Rose Porter, known by her stage name Te Rangi Pai. Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi was also the uncle of Hēnare Pōtae.

In 1828, when Rongowhakaata and Te Aitanga a Hauiti took Tuatini pā (fortified village), Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi and others of Te Whānau-a-Te-Ao escaped by slipping out at night. However, Rāpata Wahawaha was captured and became the slave of Rāpata Whakapuhia of Rongowhakaata. Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi paid for the release of Rāpata Wahawaha and his relatives before 1839.

On Wahawaha’s return to Tokomaru, he stopped at the Whāngārā village and was shown the hands of Te Rerehorua hanging on a cross-bar over their kits of food. Wahawaha described this scene to Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi in Tokomaru with anger, as Te Rerehorua was his cousin. A taua (war party) was quickly organised to take revenge on Rongowhakaata.

See also Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi, who had escaped Tuatini: “Kei te ora nei hoki, me tō tātou whenua”, Monty Soutar, PhD thesis in Māori Studies, Massey, Palmerston North, 2000, pp. 88–9

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Puri Hauiti

Posted: 29 Jul 2017

Can you confirm that our tipuna Tama-i-whakanehua-i-te-rangi then married Ripeka Paremamaku after Mereana.

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Mark Iles

Posted: 09 Feb 2016

Another grandchild of Tamiwhakanehua and Mereana Tongia, and brother of Fanny Rose (Te Rangipai) was the noted tohunga ta moko (Maori tattooist) was Tamati Ranapiri Poata (Porter).