It was Hobson's job to decide on the wording of the Treaty that had been instructed to make with the Maori chiefs of New Zealand.
James Busby helped draft up the Treaty, and on the evening of Tuesday, February 5th, 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. They listened to the Treaty being read in English by Hobson, and in the Maori By Henry Williams.
There was also the important clause that Busby had inserted the guaranteed Maori possession of their lands, forests, fisheries and other prized possessions.
Busby believed that without this promise, the chiefs would not support the treaty.
On the advice of Henry Williams the chiefs decided to sign the Treaty the following day.