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.

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Gabrielle Thomas

Posted: 15 May 2019

Hi Gail and Claudia,

I am a descendent of Maata Te Naihi Owai and James Heberley. I would love to know more about my whakapapa. Is there a way of connecting with you Gail, or perhaps Claudia you have been in touch with Gail and have information that I might learn from you.

Ngā mihi nui

Claudia Orange

Posted: 24 Sep 2018

Dear Gael
This is great information! It would be good to talk with you about this lady as it is exciting to find that she was indeed a woman who signed the Treaty at Mangungu. I can be contacted at Te Papa.

Gael Gordon

Posted: 19 Sep 2018

It is my Grtx3 Grandmother Signature! Her Moku - Tattoo in black Print Beside her Signature "Te Nahi" - Full name: Maata TeNaihi Ewai also known as Ewai and Owai ! Maori Princess - her Father signed with her on Day at Hokianga - see Aperahama Mangakonga Taranaki Chief TeAti Awa with his Moku stamped in front of Signature and Mark - her half Brother also signed in his newly Baptised name of "Abraham " as recorded and documented - his full name is Chief AperHama Taonui - Visionary of Nga Puhi Hapu Te Popoto of Utakuruin Upper Hokianga Born 1809 -1866 thought to live to 50 years signed at Hokianga with her Father Chief Aperahama Mangakonga With his Moku infront of his Signature as Proof. Her Brother was also known as Profit also had name Makoare after theGovernor of NSW, Lachlan Macquare! He was involved in Timber Trade in Upper Hokiangi in1820s . There were only 2 Children born to Chief Aperahama Mangakonga - both had different Mothers! Chief Aperahama known also as Taonui was of Nga Puhi Hapu Te Popoto - both Father & Son had name of Aperahama- Maata TeNaihi Brother signed Treaty as Abraham - his newly Baptised Christian name same day 1 away from Maata TeNaihi Name. He was slso known as Aperahama Te Taonui a Senior Poto Chief ! - His Mother name was Hinuata of Ngati Rehia from Bay of Islands! His baptism as Abraham is Recorded by the Wesleyan Missionary Documented by William White on 23/12/1833. He signed Treaty same day as his Sister Maata "TeNaihi" as Abraham Tautoru in 1840 and their Father Aperahama Mangakonga - Maata was made to have Moku tattoo on her Chin - see photos protected by Waitangi Trust. James Heberley early Protected Writings by Waitangi Trust also say he was given a Princess by Chiefs whim he did Business with Piloting Schooners for English bringing back Whale, Oil, Musket Guns, Food Supplies which the paid him 3 shillings for risking his Life for months at a time Whaling and Trading goods - James Heberley confirms his complaints to English in his Protected Memoirs by Waitangi Trust! He was First Wellington Pilot- Guide to First English Party Devenbach - first up Mt Taranaki - helped English with negotiations on moving Trbe where he was living at time on Block of land in his Name J.Heberley - in return English promised all those who moved to make way for Wellington Parliament to be built were to be given land at Marlborough Sounds and the Tory Channel Fishing Rights - another Promise English did not Keep! Prior to going to live on Block of land at Pipitea he was living with Maata TeNaihi his wife and first 3 children at Worser Bay in Wooden House there shown in History! Maata TeNaihi's Uncles Chief Te Pune & Chief Wharepouri gave him the land there to run his Fishing Business - Whaling and while he was away they Stole and Sold his Land whiich he also supplied Maata TeNaihis Chief Uncles & Family! Knowing James would be away at time Whaling for Catch English Stole Worser Bay from Cave to Foreshore/ his Words at Court as he took English to Court much later and was told to come back with Evidence! Both Chiefs were Dead by then and James could not get Proof! All recorded on your Govt, Historical Files - Included in Waitangi Trust are James Writings which obviously Govt. have not Studied nor know about James Heberleys History and how he help English as he spoke good English and Maori he learnt off his Maori Princess Wife and her Family of Chiefs! English at time knew Maata TeNaihi was of High Standing and used James to negotiate on much Lands with the Chiefs! His Block of Land at Pipitea was never Paid for either nor did the Tribe get their Fishing Rights. I have copies of much Signatures of Maori Land Sales signed by Maata TeNaihi and James Heberley with Chiefs Maata TeNaihi is related to including her Father in my possession sited by Neville Baker whom was Chairman of Port Nicholson Trust which he has some copies as his Family of Chiefs also signed recently on one of my Visits. All these Documents NZ Historical Records have in your possession as my Grt Uncle Eddie & Others paid a lot of money to Lawyers when they were alive - so I assume from your not recognising whom James and Maata were and how much they contributed to the English and History and James Toil in Trading and Fishing Whale - risking his life many times was not appreciated by then the Early English Using James for their own gain not giving anything back - 2 years without wages from English One Record States from him?you are ignoring full Information Recorded in your Govt. Storage for reasons unknown. The Court case James had is recorded Also on Record! The Queen mother when she was alive Also Sir Ralph Love whom I meet at Wgtn. Govt. said very clearly to me he knew of James Heberley and had much respect for him and his Trader Supply of Goods which James shared with Maata TeNaihis Family! He also told me Maata TeNati was related through Chiefs of TeAti Awa whom travelled down with Maata and her Family from Taranaki! Sir Ralphs mother was a Heberley! IThe Family would like to have James Heberleys Painting of him and his Whaling Ship which disappeared off Foyer wall of old Maritime Museum Wellington. James Heberley was the Pilot of Schnooners supplied by English to Trade Goods for them - not Dicky Barret as says in History - Barrett was James Help on Board! The Family Iwoul d now like Maata TeNaihi Records as Chiefteness - first put Right ! And James Heberleys Records of his Good Works forvwhat he did for First English in new Wellington Museum with his Ship for our NZ Early History for Ongoing Generations to See! James Father Jonanne Heberley was also Sea Captain in England on his ship Nancy Lee which he drowned off when james was a young Boy! James was on Schnooner since age of 11 years from England also recorded!