Story: Te ture – Māori and legislation

Lord Normanby, around 1836

Lord Normanby, around 1836

In 1839, as Britain's secretary of state for the colonies, Lord Normanby approved the annexation of New Zealand to Britain, along with the appointment of Captain William Hobson as the future colony's first lieutenant-governor. Normanby's detailed instructions to Hobson stressed the need for a treaty with Māori.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Te ture – Māori and legislation - Māori traditional law', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 July 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 20 Jun 2012