Story: Treaty of Waitangi

Printed copy of the treaty, about 1844

By 1844 many Māori were already concerned that the promises made to them under Te Tiriti o Waitangi were not being upheld. To defend the treaty, missionary Henry Williams had 400 copies printed and distributed. The government also had copies printed and distributed to northern tribes. This may be one of those 1844 copies. It bears the signatures of several chiefs and is witnessed by missionary Robert Maunsell, who then had a mission station at Port Waikato.

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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 6 August 2021)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012