Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Governor William Hobson

Governor William Hobson

New Zealand’s first governor was the British naval officer William Hobson. In 1839, 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 rangatira were invited to a hui at Waitangi to discuss signing a treaty with the British Crown.

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Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - Creating te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 April 2024)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2023 with assistance from Claudia Orange