February 12, 2014
Largest treaty signing marked
Hokianga Maori gathered at Mangungu today to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi there by their tupuna 174 years ago.
Seventy chiefs put their signatures on the document at the Wesleyan mission station on the shores of the harbour, compared with the 40 who signed at Waitangi six days before.
Mita Harris from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, who helped organize today’s commemoration, says the hui in 1840 was attended by 2000 to 3000 Maori.
Today’s festival included a powhiri, a waka salute and a hakari.
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