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
6Sheet 2 — The Manukau-Kāwhia SheetTarikiTarikiWaikato, Ngāti Maniapoto Kāwhia 21 May 1840

Tariki signed the Manukau-Kāwhia sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi on 21 May 1840 at Kāwhia. He was a Ngāti Maniapoto rangatira (chief) from Paripari in the Mōkau area.

In 1839 Tariki and Taonui led 200 Ngāti Maniapoto men to help Ngāti Toa against Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Ruanui at the Horowhenua pā near Ōtaki. After seven battles, Te Āti Awa and Ngāti Ruanui were defeated and peace was established among these coastal tribes.

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'Tariki', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 2-Nov-2017

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