Nopera Pana-kareao

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Nopera Pana-kareao (?–1856) was a New Zealand tribal leader, evangelist and assessor. Of Māori descent, he identified with the Te Rarawa iwi.[1]

Nopera lived at Kaitaia. He became a friend of William Gilbert Puckey, the son of William Puckey, who worked with Joseph Matthews to establish the Church Missionary Society mission station at Kaitaia in 1833.[2]

Nopera signed the Treaty of Waitangi. He stated his understanding of the Treaty as ‘Ko te atarau o te whenua i riro i a te kuini, ko te tinana o te whenua i waiho ki ngā Māori’ (The shadow of the land will go to the Queen [of England], but the substance of the land will remain with us). Nopera later reversed his earlier statement – feeling that the substance of the land had indeed gone to the Queen; only the shadow remained for the Māori.[3]

During the Flagstaff War (1845-46) he supported Tamati Waka Nene and his brother Eruera Maihi Patuone in opposing Hone Heke and Te Ruki Kawiti.[4]