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Māngungu Mission sits in a soulful spot, off the beaten track – albeit not quite so remote since the advent of the popular Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail, an 87-kilometre ‘Great Ride’ from the Bay of Islands to nearby Horeke. It was the site of the largest ever signing of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi), when, on February 12, 1840, a crowd of nearly 3000 watched over 60 rangatira (Māori chiefs) ink the document.
Māngungu Mission is identified as a Tohu Whenua heritage site. Tohu Whenua are the places that have shaped Aotearoa New Zealand. Located in stunning landscapes and rich with stories, they offer some of our best heritage experiences. See more on the Tohu Whenua website.
Māngungu Mission and Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Overlooking Hokianga Harbour, Māngungu Mission in Northland was the site of the third signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It was here, on 12 February 1840, where 64 signatures were added to The Waitangi Sheet of Te Tiriti. Several thousand Māori in attendance represented many different hapū within Ngāpuhi.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff Alex Bell, Property Lead Te Waimate and Hokianga and Mita Harris, Director Māori Heritage – Kaiwhakahaere Matua Tautiaki Wahi Taonga introduce the Māngungu Wallpaper Conservation project that began just after lockdown in 2020. The project is working to conserve the layers of wallpaper that generations have left behind in the little house of big significance in the Hokianga, Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Photo: Darryl Ward