The settlers arriving in Wairua expected to be able to farm the land, which the new Zealand company had 'bought' from someone who had supposedly bought it from chief Te Rauparaha who owned the land. But the land was still owned by Te Rauparaha and another chief called Te Rangihaeta.
we need it now
you will have your land soon enough
Ignoring the Maoris who said they would negotiate with Arthur Wakefield about the land, Arthur sent surveyors to peg out the land for houses but they were soon rounded up and sent back to nelson