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
139Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetPiArama Karaka PīNgāpuhi Te MāhurehureMangungu 12 February 1840

Arama Karaka Pī signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 12 February 1840 at Mangungu, Hokianga. He also attended the 28 April signing at Kaitāia, where he spoke in favour of the treaty. 

He was chief of the Māhurehure hapū (subtribe) of Ngāpuhi, based at Waimā in Hokianga. In 1827 he objected that he had not been consulted over the sale of land at Rāwene, on Hokianga Harbour.

He married Rongo (also known as Hariata), who had previously been married to Hone Heke Pōkai. His son was Wiremu Arama Karaka and his brother was Te Mokaraka.

Pī became a leading government ally during the Northern War of 1845–46. He is thought to have died about 1867.


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How to cite this page

'Arama Karaka Pī', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/signatory/1-139, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 13-Jun-2016

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