Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Waitangi, Treaty Of

(Feb. 6, 1840), historic pact between Great Britain and a number of New Zealand Maori tribes of North Island. It purported to protect Maori rights and was the immediate basis of the British annexation of New Zealand. Negotiated at the settlement of Waitangi on February 5 - 6 by Britain's designated consul and lieutenant governor William Hobson and many leading Maori chiefs, the