The Treaty of Waitangi By Maia
the Treaty of Waitangi is a very important day in Maori history it is A very happy time because not many of the cultures were able to have a treaty signed be the crown.
Drafting the Treaty.
On the 29 of January 1840 Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand. His task was to decide on the wording of the treaty.
The Debate whether or not to sign.
On Tuesday the 4th Of February 1840 James Busby helped to draft up the Treaty then on the evening of February the 4th, Henry Williams and his son translated the english text into Maori.
Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
On Wednesday the 5th of February 1840, the following morning over 400 maori attended a meeting outside busby's house at Waitangi.They listened to the treaty being read in English by Hobson and in Maori by Henry Williams vigorous debate followed. Making it obvious that many chiefs did not want to share Power
Travelling with the Treaty
The Maori then withdrew to the other side of the river to debate through the night they sought the advice of Henry williams saying it would be in best interest to sign. There was also the important clause that busby had said that guaranteed maori possessions also other prized possessions.
The next day Thursday the 6th of February 1840 over 40 signatures or marks were now on the treaty with still more to come from the advice given by Henry Williams the chiefs decided to sign.
Over the next seven months they took the treaty around the country in the end it was signed by over 500 chiefs in exactly 50 different meeting places 39 of those chiefs all from the waikato signed the english version the others signed the maori version.
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