5 May 1833. James Busby arrived in the Bay of Islands, His appointment as British Resident was the first tentative step along a path that led to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi seven years later.
6 February 1840
New Zealand is not yet a colony of great Britain it home to approximately a hundred thousand native new Zealanders.
Great Britain are trying to sign a treaty to native New Zealanders the Treaty was signed to establish a British Governor of New Zealand, consider Māori ownership of their lands and other properties, and give Māori the rights of British subjects.
James busby wrote a treaty that was signed in 1840, Hone Heke was the first to sign. That day at Waitangi, about 40 chiefs signed the Treaty. The Treaty was then taken around the country by British officials and missionaries to collect more signatures. Most chiefs who signed drew their moko as their signature