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.


Signing

SignatureSheetSigned asProbable nameTribeHapūSigning Occasion
131Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetRawiri MutuRāwiri MutuNgāpuhi?Te Ihutai, Ngāti Whiu, Ngāti Hua, Te Uri Taniwha?Mangungu 12 February 1840

Rāwiri Mutu signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga.

In 1853 he was among a number of Hokianga chiefs who showed their support for continuing peace by recalling an 1831 letter to King William IV asking for protection from the French, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

In 1867 he was one of a group of Hokianga chiefs who peacefully resolved a tribal dispute at Waimā.


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How to cite this page

'Rāwiri Mutu', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/signatory/1-131, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 17-Jun-2016

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Anonymous

Posted: 05 Nov 2017

tell us more amelia. i am a descendant of his whanaunga pangari.

Amelia Rawiri

Posted: 26 Aug 2015

Rawiri Mutu
He is the first Maori Catholic to be evangelized in Aotearoa by Bishop Pompallior at Totara, Hokianga Northland January 1838. He was baptised and given the new name of Rawiri.
Mutu was his name prior to his Evangelism.