On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived inNew Zealand. I
meeting of chiefs was organised for a week later. Hobson was offered advice bymissionaries and others. James Busby helped draft up the Treaty, and on theevening of Tuesday, February 4th,
The following morning on Wednesday, February 5th, over 400 Maori attendeda meeting in front of Busby’s house at Waitangi.
They were critical in the way that Busby and missionaries had obtained land, and they sought regulation of middlemen coming between the direct trade of the Maori and the visiting ships.
The meeting ended indecisively and theMaori withdrew to the other side of the Waitangi River to debate through thenight. They sought the advice of Henry Williams who told them that it wouldbe in their best interests to sign the Treaty.
On the advice of Henry Williams the chiefs decided to sign the Treaty the following 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. Over the next seven months, missionaries and officials carried the Treaty around the country