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Tauranga missionary Alfred Brown gathered 21 signatures on a Maori-language copy of the Treaty of Waitangi between April and May 1840. The copy has no seals, and it is thought that William Hobson's signature is forged.
There was much intertribal fighting in Tauranga in early 1840, and Brown hesitated to discuss the Treaty with local chiefs. Several missionaries gathered for a meeting on 10 April, and on that day or in the weeks following, 21 Tauranga chiefs signed the document. Major Thomas Bunbury arrived at Tauranga on 11 May to check the progress of gathering signatures. It was slow going: Brown had an eye disease, and the presence of Roman Catholic Bishop Pompallier, who arrived in the area on 7 March, may have affected progress.
Bunbury had missionary James Stack produce two more copies of the Treaty. One was sent inland to Rotorua and Taupo where local tribes Te Arawa and Ngati Tuwharetoa refused to sign. This copy has since been lost. The second copy was given to James Fedarb to obtain signatures in the Bay of Plenty region.
Most of the Treaty signings were witnessed by Europeans. The Tauranga signing was witnessed by Hoani Aneta, who also signed; he was Brown's mission assistant. With each name are the words 'tana tohu' (his mark or sign).
|Signed as||Probable name||Tribe||Hapu|
Signed on 10 April 1840 or later, at Tauranga, witnessed by Hoani Aneta, Henry Taylor and James Stack
|1.||Te Wanake||Te Whanake||Ngai Te Rangi?|
|2.||Huitao||Huitao||Ngai Te Rangi||from Otumoetai|
|3.||Tamaiwhahia||Tamaiwhahia||Ngai Te Rangi|
|4.||Te hui||[Tipene?] Te Hui||Ngai Te Rangi||from Otumoetai|
|5.||Te paetui||Te Paetui/Te Paetai||Ngai Te Rangi|
|6.||Te Kou||Te Kou-o-Rehua||Ngati Pukenga?|
|7.||Reko||Reko||Ngai Te Rangi|
|8.||Tari||Tari/Tare||Ngai Te Rangi||Ngai Tukairangi?|
|9.||Te matatahuna||Te Matatahuna||Ngai Te Rangi|
|10.||Te Konikoni||Te Konikoni||Ngai Te Rangi|
|12.||Nuka||Nuka [Taipari]||Ngai Te Rangi||Ngati He|
|13.||Te Tutahi||Te Tutahi||Ngai Te Rangi|
|14.||Te Pohoi||Te Pohoi||Ngai Te Rangi|
|15.||Putarahi||Putarahi||Ngai Te Rangi|
|16.||Pikitia||Pikitia||Ngai Te Rangi|
|17.||Te mako||Te Mako||Ngai Te Rangi|
Signed in April (?) 1840, at Tauranga, witnessed by James Stack
|18.||Te Peika||Te Peika||Ngai Te Rangi|
|19.||Kapa||Kapa||Ngai Te Rangi|
|20.||Te haere roa||Te Haereroa||Ngai Te Rangi|
|21.||Hoani Aneta||[Ahikaiata] Hoani Aneta||Ngai Te Rangi|