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
173Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetMatenga PaerataMātenga PaerataTe RarawaTe PatukorahaKaitāia 28 April 1840

Mātenga Paerata signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 28 April 1840 at Kaitāia. Paerata also signed He Whakaputanga – the 1835 Declaration of Independence.

In 1834 he guided the missionary William Gilbert Puckey along Te Ara Wairua, the ‘spirit trail’ to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Rēinga) at the top of the North Island.



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Raiha Marsden

Posted: 13 Sep 2017

Matenga Paerata married Ere. She was the daughter of Rawiri and Ruta Awarau, both from the Ngaitakoto tribe. Rawiri was a signatory of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Matenga had a son, Hoani Matenga Paerata who married Hana (nee-Toi) from Omapere. Hokianga,had a son the Rev. Maori Marsden, who than had the writer.