Story: Treaty of Waitangi

Tiriti o Waitangi sheets: Waitangi, 6 February 1840 (1st of 8)

Zoom in to read details of the original version of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, signed by 43 chiefs at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, on 6 February 1840. The missionary William Colenso noted that 'not many chiefs of first rank' signed at Waitangi. However, Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson regarded this original signing as the 'de facto' treaty. Later signings were simply seen as confirming it. This treaty sheet was later signed at eight other locations and eventually more than 213 signatures were collected on it.

(Quoted in Claudia Orange, The Treaty of Waitangi. Wellington: Allen and Unwin, 1987, p. 56)

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How to cite this page:

Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - Interpretations of Te Tiriti o Waitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 May 2022)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012