On the 29th of January 1840, lieutenant governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand
Wednesday, February 5th , over 400 Maori attended a metting in front of busby's house at Waitangi.
A vigorous debate followed 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.
On the advice of Henry Williams the chiefs decided to sign the Treaty the next day. On Thursday, February 6th 1840, over 40 signatures or marks were appended to the Maori text of the Treaty and most were from the Bay of Islands.
Treaty of Waitangi Busby Hobson William XX XX
500 chiefs signed the treaty of Waitangi at approximately 50 meeting places. With the exceptions 39 Waikato chiefs, all signed the Maori version of the Treaty.