Waitangi DAy

Waitangi DAy
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  • On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand.
  • Meeting of chiefs was organised
  • The following morning on Wednesday, February 5th, over 400 Maori attended a meeting in front of Busby’s house at Waitangi.
  • A vigorous debate followed and many chiefs made it obvious they did not want to share power.
  • There was also the important clause that Busby had inserted that guaranteed Maori possession of their lands, forests, fisheries and other prized possessions.
  • Over the next seven months, missionaries and officials carried the Treaty around the country and more than 500 chiefs signed the Treaty ofWaitangi at approximately 50 meeting places.
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