On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand
on the evening of Tuesday, February 4th the missionary Henry Williams and his son translated the english text in to maori
The Following morning on Wednesday, February5th, 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 Maori by Henry Williams.
The meeting ended indecisively and the Maori withdraw to other side of the Waitangi River to debate through the night.
On the advice of Henry Williams the chiefs decided to sign the Treaty thefoll owing day. On Thursday, February 6th 1840, over 40 signatures or markswere appended to the Maori text of the Treaty and most were from the Bay ofIslands.
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missionaries and officials carried theTreaty around the country and more than 500 chiefs signed the Treaty ofWaitangi at approximately 50 meeting places. With the exception of 39Waikato chiefs, all signed the Maori version of the Treaty.