The treaty of waitungi

The treaty of waitungi
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  • On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand.
  • James Busby helped draft up the Treaty, and on the evening of Tuesday, February 4th, the missionary Henry Williams and his son translated the English text into Maori. 
  • The following morning on Wednesday, February 5th, over 400 Maori attended a meeting in front of Busby’s house at Waitangi. 
  • Busby believed that without this promise, the chiefs would not support the Treaty. 
  • will the chiefs even support the treaty?
  • On the advice of Henry Williams the chiefs decided to sign the Treaty the following day. 
  • Over the next seven months, missionaries and officials carried the Treaty around the country and more than 500 chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi at approximately 50 meeting places. 
  • Sign the treaty!
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