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
33Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetPakewaPākewaTe Āti AwaPuketapu?Port Nicholson 29 April 1840

Pākewa, also known as Paekawa, signed Te Tiriti at Port Nicholson on 29 April 1840. She was a wahine rangatira of Te Āti Awa.

Her parents may have been Ngākoro and Te Hurupoki (of Ngāti Ruanui). She married Rāwiri Nukaiahu and they migrated from Taranaki to Waikanae around the 1830s. Descendants say that Pākewa and Rāwiri had eight children, including two daughters named Mere and Pairoke. Their daughter Pairoke married a settler, William Jenkins.

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ripeka te here wharekai whitu TeNgaruru

Posted: 30 Oct 2018

te manutoheroa was my great great grandfather and is burried at Queen Charlootte sounds S.I....and was the father to Wikitoria (apahuna) and grandfather to Roera Te Heke-tanga-a-rangi being the only lineal descendant still alive in 1856 and was awarded his estate in the 1900s to which we are now in reciept of his lands through my kuia Roera Te Heke-tanga-a-rangi of the taranaki rohe.....

Toni Davies

Posted: 09 Jan 2018

Hi ,paeroke was mere pakewa mother,mere married William cameron an had a son James. James Cameron is my great grandfather. Any information about mere, paeroke an pakewa would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Tere Gilbert

Posted: 16 Apr 2017

Pakewa is my Tipuna whaea 6 generations back. She was wife of Rawiri Nukaiahu and Sister of Te Manutoheroa. Ko Ngati Puketapu te hapu Ko Te Ati Awa te iwi. Paeroke Was one of her children who was painted by Barraud. Paeroke married whaler Bill Jenkins and lived at Wharemauku near Kapiti. They Had an inn at Wharemauku. She died after her 9th child born.