On the 29th of January 1840, Lieutenant Governor William Hobson arrived in New Zealand. He was instructed to make a treaty with the Maori chiefs
Then on the 5th of January, over 400 Maori attended a meeting in front The Busby House at Waitangi
They decided to accept the British's terms, it was obvious that the British did not want to share power or authority with the Maori. But the Maori accepted in order to have some control over their land.
Their was an important agreement that the Maori could keep their possessions such as land, food, forests sacred items and other prized possessions
The church leader Henry Williams recommended to have the signing to the following day. On Thursday the 6th of February 1840 is when, over 40 signatures were written on the the treaty
The treaty was taken all throughout New Zealand to be signed by the Maori.In total around 500 chiefs signed the treaty. with 39 chiefs signing the Maori version of the treaty.