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
188Sheet 1 — The Waitangi SheetMarama? / Maiapia?MāramaTe Rarawa?Ngāi Takoto?Kaitāia 28 April 1840

Mārama signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 28 April 1840 at Kaitāia.

As Miria Simpson noted, Mārama is usually a woman's name. This would make her one of an important group of Māori women who signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

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'Mārama', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 9-Jun-2017

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