On the 6th of February 1840, representatives of the British Crown and M?ori rangatira (chiefs), signed The Treaty of Waitangi for the greater of good. The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document. It’s name is from the place it originated, Waitangi. The Treaty is an official agreement between M?ori and English, that was created by the British Crown and approximately 550 M?ori chiefs. This day is now a public holiday in New Zealand, which New Zealanders use to celebrate and commemorate The Treaty of Waitangi. The reason the Treaty was created, was to allow the British and the M?ori people to live together in New Zealand, all of them abiding by a set of laws which everyone understood. Although many people agreed with the Treaty, others did not, therefore they did not sign.Taraia Ngakuti Te Tumuhuia, a chief in the Thames district, was one of several rangatira (chief) who refused to sign the Treaty. They did not stand alone though, Ng?i Te Rangi leader of Tupaea Tauranga, Te Wherowhero of Waikato-Tainui, and Mananui Te Heuheu of Ng?ti T?wharetoa did not agree either. Some were not prepared to adjust their loyalty and leadership, while others could not understand the reasoning behind the Treaty.


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