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Cook Strait and the Coast to Taranaki, 1858

After offering to help gather further signatures to te Tiriti, Henry Williams left the Bay of Islands on 2 April aboard the schooner Ariel. With him was a sheet for his brother William Williams in Tūranga (the East Coast Sheet:, and his own copy, known as the Cook Strait Sheet:


Williams headed to Port Nicholson (Wellington) first, and gathered 39 signatures on 29 April ( He then moved on to Queen Charlotte Sound ( and Rangitoto (D’Urville Island), gathering more signatures there (


During May, Williams travelled along the west coast of the North Island aboard the Ariel, holding hui with rangatira and gathering signatures at the following locations:


Kāpiti (14 May) – 4 signatures:

Waikanae (16 May) – 20 signatures

Ōtaki (19 May) – 8 signatures

Tawhirihoe Pā, between the Rangitikei and Manawatu Rivers (21 May) – 3 signatures

Manawatu district, location unknown, but possibly along the coastline or aboard the Ariel (26 May) – 7 signatures

Whanganui (23 May) – 10 signatures:

Whanganui (31 May) – 4 signatures

Motoungarara, off Kāpiti Island (4 June) – 2 signatures:


To see the names of those who signed, visit


Above is a British admiralty chart of the area covered by Williams, published in 1858.


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Archives Reference: ADOE 16621 MW676 Box 1/5 2054


This record is part of #Waitangi175, celebrating 175 years since the signing of of te Tiriti o Waitangi. You can see other real time tweets on Twitter (, or explore the Waitangi 175 album here on Flickr.


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Taken on December 15, 2014