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
159Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetPourotoPātara PourotoNgāti PāoaKaraka Bay 4 March 1840

Pātara Pouroto signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 4 March 1840 at Karaka Bay, Tāmaki (Auckland).

In 1860 Pātara represented Ngāti Pāoa at the Kohimarama conference of chiefs organised by Governor Thomas Gore Browne. He told the assembly that the governor was at fault in the dispute between British troops and Māori at Waitara. It would have made more sense for the governor to send tribal messengers to discuss the difficulties with Wiremu Kīngi Te Rangitāke. He also objected to the restrictions on Māori purchases of guns and gunpowder.


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How to cite this page

'Pātara Pouroto', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/signatory/1-159, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 17-Jun-2016

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