The Treaty of Waitangi

Contrasting Perspectives

Te Ruki Kawiti

Te Ruki Kawiti was a Maori warrior, and chief of the Nga Puhi tribe. He was opposed to the Treaty of Waitangi, but signed it after his people pushed him to. Once the treaty was acted on and Captain William Hobson became the governor of New Zealand, Kawiti resisted the British rule, and tried to protect the land for his people. He assisted Hone Heke in cutting down the British flagpole. He did not want to sign the Treaty because he thought that the Pakeha were only there to grab the land, and he never wanted his people to be left homeless, or as slaves to the Pakeha.
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William Hobson

Captain William Hobson was to be the first governor general of New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi would promise him this role. Hobson, in 1838, sent a report to Britain suggesting a Treaty between the natives and the Pakeha. He helped draft the Treaty, and encouraged the chiefs to sign it on the 6th of February. He was for the treaty because it would be easier for the crown to buy land from the Maori, and it would give him his role as governor. It was in Hobson's best interest to sign the Treaty of Waitangi.
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