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Ngā Tohu - Treaty Signatories

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

In 1840 more than 500 rangatira (chiefs) signed the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, which was an agreement between Māori and the British Crown.

Ngā Tohu – Treaty Signatories has biographical information on signatories of the Treaty of Waitangi that can be identified. Some of those who signed are well-known, while about others we know almost nothing, other than that they signed the treaty.

Much of the biographical information has come from utilising secondary sources, including online digitised sources. The biographical information will be amended and changed as we received corrections or additional information.

We are keen to expand the information about signatories of Ngā Tohu over time. So if you have further information about any of the signatories, especially those about whom we have little information, please get in touch by either leaving a comment on a biography page, or by emailing

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