Whetoi Pomare


Ngāpuhi, Te Uri Karaka, Ngāti Manu (? – 1850)

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Whetoi Pomare belonged to the Ngāpuhi, Te Uri Karaka and Ngāti Manu people of Te Taitokerau. His father was Te Tautoro and his mother was Haki, sister of Pomare-nui. His given name was Whiria. He took the name Whetoi on the occasion of his uncle Pomare's death to remind his people of their duty to avenge their former leader, and became known as Pomare II.

He married Rangingangana of Ngāti Raukawa, only daughter of Chief Whatanui. Both men were painted by Lindauer. This portrait of Whetoi Pomare was painted in 1896, almost 50 years after his death.

Whetoi Pomare signed the Treaty of Waitangi and his mark is the third on the Treaty document.1 Five years after the signing, Pomare's fortress at the headland of Otuihu in the Bay of Islands was bombed by HMS North Star and then razed by its crew.2 He moved his people to the Karetu Valley between Paihia and Kawakawa and opposed the Government and missionary presence in the district up until his death in July 1850.

Some of his descendants still reside in the Karetu valley at Taumarere. Whanau names include the Sullivan's or Harawene's, Pomare's, Pirimona's, Wynyard's, Conlon's, Campbells, Morgan's, Davis and Wilson's.3


  1. John Wilson, ‘Government and nation – The origins of Nationhood’, Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 3 March 2009, accessed 24 February 2010.
  2. Angela Ballara, 'Pomare II ? - 1850', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, updated 22 June 2007, accessed 2 March 2010.
  3. Robert Sullivan, ‘A Brief Introduction’, Aotearoa Ethnic Network (AEN) Journal, vol 1, issue 2, November 2006, p 9-13, http://www.aen.org.nz/journal/1/2/sullivan.html, accessed 2 March 2010.
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  • A. Russell Waetford - Ngapuhi ngati Manu

    At 3pm on 19 August 2015

    This is my 3rd great Grandfather who married Rangingangana Daughter of Te Whatanui o Ngati Raukawa They had a child Wiremu who was tomo to his 1st Cousin Atereta son of Tutaki brother to Rangingangana. Wiremu also married Ria Tamati who had two daughters Ihipera who married henry Davis and Iritana who married Edward Berry Waetford. Their eldest child Eruera Te Whatanui Waetford married Rawinia Weera. My Grandparents.

  • Ivy Teohaere - ngatiwhatua

    At 9am on 25 June 2015

    I descend from Whetoi Pomarenui 1. brother of Haki mother to Whetoi Pomare 11.Hoi = Whetoi ( 1st Chief Pomare who is a descendant from Child 6: Rongo). Raukatauri = ( Kaiti Keiti Whaanga ( Mahia Kahungunu ). Hemi Parata = ( Rakapa Pairama (F) Descend from Hakiputatomuri ). Wiremu Hare = ( Emere White ( Mahia Kahungunu ). Tamihana Tauhia Pomare = Rawinia (Lovey ) Manuhuia Edwards (Arawa ) Awi Ivy James Pomare = Rakapa (Ra) Teohaere ( Ngati Parou )

  • Calvin Tipene - Ngapuhi tu tonu

    At 4pm on 17 February 2014

    My mother is a direct desendent to Whetoi Pomare.Her name is Auntie Fan (Pane)Pomare,her brothers are Tu Reiti,and Uncle Mick.She had 2 step sisters Mere Ryder and Auntie Janie Davis.They come from Karetu Ngati Manu.My mum married a Tipene from Motatau Ngati Hine.Whetoi Pomare was called the General of the North with his whanauanga Kawiti Ngati Hine.

  • Louis Ratana - Ngati Manu of Ngapuhi

    At 11am on 15 December 2012

    That is my great great great great grandfather, father of Ihipera Pomare who married Henry Davis a Jewish man from England. Her mother Rangingangana was daughter of chief Te Whatanui, of Ngati Raukawa. My mothers maiden name is Davis.

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