New Zealand's first governor was the British naval officer William Hobson. In 1838, aged 46, he was selected as Britain's consul (diplomatic representative) in New Zealand, and as lieutenant-governor of any parts of the country that Māori agreed to place under British rule. On his arrival in January 1840 Hobson proclaimed himself lieutenant-governor of the missionary settlements already established in the Bay of Islands. Māori chiefs were invited to a hui at Waitangi to discuss signing a treaty with the British Crown.
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