On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand
James Busby helped draft up the Treaty, and on the evening of Tuesday, February 4th, missionary Henry Williams and his son translated the english text to Maori.
Henry WIlliam's Son
The following morning on Wednesday, February 5th, over 400 Maori attended a meeting in front of Busby's house at Waitangi. They listened to the Treaty being read in english by Hobson, and in Maori by Henry Williams.
The meeting ended indecisively and the Maori withdrew to the other side of the Waitangi River to debate through the night.
There was also the important clause that Busby had inserted that guaranteed Maori possession of their lands, forests, fisheries and other prized possessions. Busby believed that without this promise, the chiefs would not support the Treaty.
If I add this in the cheifs would support the Treaty.
Thursday February 6th 1840
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.