What were the reasons behind creating a Treaty? Why was it necessary?
The Treaty of Waitangi is an important agreement that was signed by representatives of the British Crown and Māori in 1840.
The purpose of the Treaty was to enable the British settlers and the Māori people to live together in New Zealand under a common set of laws or agreements.
Reasons, why chiefs signed the treaty, included wanting controls on sales of Māori land to Europeans, and on European settlers. They also wanted to trade with the Europeans and believed the new relationship with Britain would stop fighting between tribes.