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29th January 1840
Treaty Of Waitangi
On the 28th of January 1840, William Hobson arrived in the bay of islands. He was sent to have the Maori chiefs sign a treaty.
But most of the chiefs didn't know English so Henry Williams and his son Edward translated the treaty to Te Reo Maori. They managed to do it in one night.
The government invited chiefs to Waitangi, where Hobson told the chiefs they should sign the treaty. Some of the chiefs thought it was a bad idea to sign while others agreed with Hobson.
Treaty Of WaitangiHone HekeTamati Waka NeneĀpihai Te Kawau.
3rd September 1840
They discussed late into the night. By morning some were convinced into signing.
On the 6th of February over 40 chiefs had signed. But some still chose not to.
Not everyone in New Zealand was in Waitangi on the 6th of February. So Hobson sent copies all over the county. By 3rd of September 1840, over 500 chiefs and 14 women had signed the Treaty of Waitangi.