Stages of Signing

Stages of Signing

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Stages of signing the Treaty of Waitangi

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  • William Hobson travelled to New Zealand on the HMS Herald. They left from Plymouth, England and stopped off at Port Jackson, Australia before arriving in New Zealand. On January 29th 1840.
  • William Hobson arrived on the beach on February 5th 1840 at about 9am. William and his party walked up a track towards James Busby's house.
  • James Busby's house faced the ocean with a garden to its left. Opposite the house was a marquee made of ships sails. Three policeman from New South Wales stood on duty while the Maori sat on the lawn smoking and talking.
  • William greeted James Busby and Henry Williams and they put the final touches on the Treaty of Waitangi. Important visitors and settlers filed through the parlour to the tents in their best dress.
  • This treaty is offering protection. It is Queen Victoria's act of love towards you. The Treaty of Waitangi... British Crown... Maori lands and possessions... rights.
  • No more discussions, I will only take signatures
  • William spoke to the Pakeha then to the Maori chiefs while Henry translated. Then the treaty was read and the chiefs spoke. Some wanted to sign but it was clear that most didn't as they complained about all the wrong things that Pakeha did. The meeting was adjourned, the official party dined on the HMS Herald while the Maori camped by the river mouth.
  • Too late to send them away now
  • Ko tenei kirimana e tuku ana i te tiaki. Ko te Kuini Wikitoria te mahi aroha ki a koe. Te Tiriti o Waitangi ... Te Karauna o Ingarangi ... Nga whenua Maori me nga taonga ... nga tika.
  • You must preserve our customs and never permit our land to be taken from us
  • The next day a boat arrived to take William to the Maoris at Waitangi. Henry read the treaty in Maori and the French Roman Catholic Bishop Pompallier gave a public guarantee that the Maori would have freedom of religion. William Colenso suggested that the Maori needed more explanations on the treaty but Henry brushed this aside.
  • To be continued (in my Social Studies book) ...
  • The treaty is a sacred contract binding on both parties
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