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On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived inNew Zealand.
The following morning on Wednesday, February 5th, over 400 Maori attended a meeting in front of Busby’s house at Waitangi.
vigourous debate followed and many chiefs made it obvious they did not want to share power.
They sought the advice of Henry Williams who told them that it wouldbe in their best interests to sign the Treaty.
Busby had inserted that guaranteed Maori possession of their lands, forests, fisheries and other prized possessions.
On the advice of Henry Williams the chiefs decided to sign the Treaty thefollowing day. On Thursday, February 6th 1840, over 40 signatures or markswere appended to the Maori text of the Treaty
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