The Historic Account

Ngāti Tūwharetoa's Rejection of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi

1.1 During a visit to Waitangi in 1840, Iwikau, younger brother of Mananui Te Heuheu Tūkino II, and Te Korohiko added their marks to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi.  The two rangatira acted without the authority of Mananui Te Heuheu, who chastised them upon their return home.  Angered, Mananui took a large war party and travelled to meet representatives of the Crown who had brought te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi to Ohinemutu for signing.  At a public meeting attended by Crown officials, Mananui renounced Te Tiriti/the Treaty on behalf of the iwi, and publically rejected the mana and authority of the Queen, exclaiming:

"I kore rawa au e whakaae ki te mana o tena wahine iwi ke kia eke mai ki runga ki enei motu; ko au ano hei rangatira mo enei motu.  ko tenei, tu atu, haere!"

"I will never ever agree to the authority of that woman and her people intruding on our islands; I am a chief of these islands, this is my response, stand up! and leave!  go!"

Te Heuheu Tūkino III, Iwikau (1846-1862)