Story: Treaty of Waitangi

New Zealand Company expedition

New Zealand Company expedition

From the late 1830s the British-based New Zealand Company actively recruited settlers to colonise New Zealand. Their first settlement was at Port Nicholson (later Wellington) in January 1840. This painting shows the company's vessels exploring the harbour at Tasman's Gulf (later Nelson) in 1841, in preparation for a second settlement. These ambitious and sometimes unscrupulous commercial activities put pressure on the British government and colonial officials to sign a treaty with the native owners of New Zealand – the Māori.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-043-018
Watercolour by Charles Heaphy

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Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - Creating Te Tiriti o Waitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012