Contrasting Perspectives

About The Treaty Of Waitangi

Captain William Hobson's Perspective

William Hobson was to be the first governor general of New Zealand which he could only become if the native Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi, which would have therefor claimed New Zealand into the Sovereignty of The Great British Empire. If the treaty failed to be signed by the confederation of Maori chiefs then the Crown could not take control of New Zealand which would stop the expansion of The Great British Empire and cause New Zealand to become a independent state. The reason Hobson wanted the Treaty to be signed was because he believed that the lawless tribes needed the help of The Great British Empire to restore order and hold the European settlers to the law and he would hold a position of complete authority.

Te Ruki Kawiti

Te Ruki Kawiti was the chief of the Ngati Hine tribe of northern New Zealand. He believed that although the Europeans and missionaries have taken some of the land of his tribe (Ngati Hine) it was, to the perspective of Kawiti, still spiritually theirs, and that if the land was still theirs (Ngati Hine) than the leader of the tribe (Te Ruki Kawiti) did not need a governor, because they believed that the chief (Te Ruki Kawiti) who holds the land spiritually is the governor, which lead to Te Ruki Kawiti to not sign the treaty for many weeks