On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand.
Wednesday, February 5th, Over 400 Maori attended a meeting in front of the busby's house at Waitangi.
A vigorous debate followed and many chiefs made it obvious they did not want to share power.
There was also the important clause that Busby had inserted that guarantee Maori possession of their lands, forests, fisheries and other prized possessions.
On the advise 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 the Bay of Islands.
500 chiefs signed the treaty of Waitangi at approximately 50 meeting places. with the exception of 39 Waikato chiefs, all signed the Maori version of the treaty.