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
11Sheet 2 — The Manukau-Kāwhia SheetTe Matenga, Te WahapuTe Mātenga Te WahapūNgāti ManiapotoNgāti Hikairo ki KāwhiaKāwhia 15 June 1840

Te Mātenga signed Te Tiriti at an unknown location on 15 June 1840. According to one of his descendants, he set up a flour mill with his father, Poharama Te Māhia, and they were keen on the trade opportunities that came with more settlers. Although in favour of Te Tiriti, they were against selling the land: ‘They wanted the trade and the relationships but they didn’t want to lose their base.’

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