Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Non-signing rangatira Tāraia

Non-signing rangatira Tāraia

Tāraia Ngākuti, a rangatira of Ngāti Tamaterā in the Coromandel, was one of many notable chiefs who refused to sign te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi). Tāraia was a famed warrior and may have felt that signing would be beneath him. Afterwards he claimed that since he had not signed, he retained the right to settle tribal disputes without deferring to Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson. As a result the British Colonial Office ruled that all Māori were British subjects, whether or not they or their rangatira had signed the treaty.

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Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - Interpretations of te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36352/non-signing-rangatira-taraia (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2023 with assistance from Claudia Orange