Members of Ngati Tuwharetoa performing the peruperu (a haka with weapons), acknowledging the gift of Waitangi land to the nation by Lord Bledisloe, on the 6th of February, 1934. Taken by an unidentified photographer.
I will not agree to the mana of a strange people being placed over this land. Though every chief in the island consent to it, yet I will not. I will consent to neither your act nor your goods. As for these blankets, burn them.
Te Heuheu of Tuwharetoa after refusing to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, 1840. Ranginui Walker says he ‘intuitively understood its true intent.’ (Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou, Struggle Without End, 1990. pg. 97)