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He mea i tāia | Printed sheet, Te Tiriti o Waitangi | by Archives New Zealand
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He mea i tāia | Printed sheet, Te Tiriti o Waitangi

This Waikato copy is the only surviving printed copy of te Tiriti o Waitangi with signatures (the other sheets are written in longhand). It was one of 200 copies of the Māori text printed in Paihia on 17 February 1840 by CMS printer, William Colenso. The dates of when this was signed are unknown, but it is most likely an adjunct to the Waikato-Manukau sheet (which is in English) that missionary Robert Maunsell received and was signed in late March or early April 1840.


Maunsell witnessed all five names on the sheet. The chiefs, from Ngāti Pou on the Waikato River and Ngāti Te Wehi at Raglan, may have been visiting Maunsell's station at the mouth of the Waikato River.


Archives Reference: IA9/9 Sheet 4


This sheet, along with the 8 other Tiriti o Waitangi sheets, He Whakaputanga and the Women's Suffrage Petition, are now on display at the National Library:


You can view the names of those who signed, as well as an interactive map, at the NZ History website ‘Making the Treaty’ page:




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.


Caption information from New Zealand History


Material from Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga


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Taken on November 8, 2017