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
49Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetHuriwenuaHuriwhenuaTe Āti AwaNgāti RāhiriQueen Charlotte Sound 4-5 May 1840

Huriwhenua signed Te Tiriti at Queen Charlotte Sound on 5 May 1840. He was the principal chief of Ngāti Rāhiri. He originally lived at Te Taniwha pā at Tūrangi, near Waitara.

He was the son of Ngārongoueroa and Manukapanganui. His siblings were Rangiauhi, Te Wharemāwhai and Huriwaka. Te Wharemāwhai married the Ngāti Toa rangatira Nohorua, Te Rauparaha’s half-brother.

At the time of the Treaty, Huriwhenua was living on his pā at Mōioio Island in Tory Channel, a community of about 150 people with rich fishing resources.


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How to cite this page

'Huriwhenua', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/signatory/8-49, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 3-Jul-2018

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