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
79Sheet 8 — The Cook Strait (Henry Williams) SheetTe RuruĀperahama Te RuruNgāti RaukawaNgāti Huia, Ngāti KikopiriŌtaki? 19 May 1840

Aperahama Te Ruru signed Te Tiriti at Ōtaki on 19 May 1840. He was one of a group of leading Ngāti Raukawa rangatira who signed at Ōtaki. The leader of Ngāti Huia, he lived at Pākākutu, at the mouth of the Ōtaki River.

Aperahama became a Christian shortly after the arrival of the Anglican bishop Octavius Hadfield in Horowhenua and included the teachings of Christianity in his leadership. He was described by the bishop as a man ‘of courage and high character, self-reliance and independence’.

 


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'Āperahama Te Ruru', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/signatory/8-79, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 4-Jul-2018

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Edward Chambers Ngatiawa claimants

Posted: 01 Nov 2017

If you happened to look at true history there is no mention of Te Atiawa prior to t heir landstealing acts in 1860 No land in Te Atiawa's name until 1980 (after being told by Crown Investigation in 1973 the Ngatiawa are the rightful group. First documant signed in New Zealand history is 1991 rohe with NgaI Tahu which gave away 8.9 million acres that Ngatiawa have proven entitlement in including hundreds of tupuna buried and all our urupa from pre 1828 are denied so needing restorattion by all deniers including the Waitangi Tribunal and their henchmen.