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.


Signing

SignatureSheetSigned asProbable nameTribeHapūSigning Occasion
4Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetKaheKahe Te Rau-o-te-rangiNgāti Toa, Te Āti AwaPort Nicholson 29 April 1840

Kahe signed Te Tiriti at Port Nicholson on 29 April 1840. She was the daughter of Ngāti Toa rangatira Te Matoha, who died before the signing of Te Tiriti. Kahe probably signed on behalf of her family and father. She is famous for her epic 1824 swim from Kapiti Island to the mainland, with her daughter, Rīpeka, strapped on her back, to warn Ngāti Toa of an impending invasion. That stretch of sea is now called Rauoterangi Channel.


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How to cite this page

'Kahe Te Rau-o-te-rangi', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/signatory/8-4, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 3-Jul-2018

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