Te Rauparaha conquered many other tribes before 1840. In signing the Treaty he thought he was guaranteeing his ownership of the lands that he had conquered.
However, Te Rauparaha was not happy about European settlement on land that he had not sold. In 1843, he protested against Pakeha settlement by interfering with town planners at which fighting broke out. Te Rauparaha stayed defensive, and the British governor decided that Te Rauparaha could not be trusted. Te Rauparaha was imprisoned without charge.
Taraia Ngakuti Te Tumuhuia
Taraia did not sign the Treaty of Waitangi. It is likely he was present in Waitangi, but he refused to sign the Treaty. A consequence of this refusal to acknowledge the transfer of sovereignty to the Crown and therefore still believed that he could resolve disputes and arguments by force.
After 1840, he continued his disputes with rival tribes and refused to accept British authority, pointing out that he had not accepted the terms of the Treaty and therefore did not have to follow the laws of the British. He was opposed to selling lands and many disputes over land were to arise during the 1850s.
Tamati Waka Nene
Nene was one of the supporters in the debate at Waitangi over the Treaty, and he was among the first to sign. He argued that a treaty was necessary for peace and stability, given the lawless Pakeha who were already there. He felt that the situation in New Zealand had already passed out of the control of the Māori chiefs. During the debate he said that Māori should retain their customs and be allowed to keep their lands. His speech was a turning point in convincing other chiefs to also sign the Treaty.
Nene shared the concerns of other chiefs after signing the Treaty. However, he was not concerned about land loss. Nene helped to re-erect the flagpole that Hone Heke had chopped down, and guard the new one. When Hone Heke’s people chopped the flagpole down again, Nene took this very personally and ended up supporting the British to get back at Hone Heke.
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