Treaty of Waitangi

Consequences and Misunderstandings

Signing of the Treaty

On the 6th of February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed to signify an agreement between the British and the Maori. Due to William Williams mistranslation of the Maori language, it created misunderstandings and confusion on how the Treaty should be interpreted.

Problems

-There are many versions of the Treaty of Waitangi therefore making the whole signing unclear and ambiguous.

-The Maori version does not match accurately any of the 5 English versions.

-The chiefs of some tribes such as Potatau Te Wherowhero, did not sing the treaty therefore making the Treaty non-applicable to the Waikato tribes.

-The Government had added the Principles which the Maori argues today that their ancestors had never signed the Principles therefore making it invalid.