Kōrero: Treaty of Waitangi

Non-signing chief Tāraia

Non-signing chief Tāraia

Tāraia Ngākuti, a chief of Ngāti Tamaterā in the Coromandel, was one of many notable chiefs who refused to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. Tāraia was a famous 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 chiefs had signed the treaty.

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Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - Interpretations of the Treaty of Waitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/36352/non-signing-chief-taraia (accessed 13 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Claudia Orange, i tāngia i te 20 Jun 2012