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6 February 1840
Treaty of Waitangi established a British Governor of New Zealand. Considered Māori ownership of their lands. Accepted Māori to have the right to organise themselves. Gave Māori the rights of British subjects.
4–5 February 1840 by William Hobson, James Freeman, and British Resident James Busby
The Treaty is the agreement signed by representatives of the Queen of England and leaders of most Māori tribes. It was signed when Britain first claimed New Zealand as a colony in 1840. The text of the treaty includes a preamble and three articles.
During the second half of 19th century Māori lost control of much of the land they had owned. In 1974, the New Zealand government established Waitangi Day as a national holiday.
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