One of the primary figures within Maori population Ngapuhi chief Hone Heke, like Rawiri Taiwhanga, was in favour of the signing of the treaty. Hone Heke told Hobson at a meeting [discussing the treaty]: “Governor, you should stay with us and be like a father. If you go away, then the French or the rum sellers will take us Maori over. How can we know what the future will bring? If you stay, we can be ‘all as one’ with you and the missionaries.” The quote ‘all as one’ was also used by Hobson when shaking acknowledging Maori after they signed the treaty.
Missionaries and British officials commonly encouraged Maori to think of the treaty not as British ruling them and their land, country, but as a personal relationship better them and the Queen herself. Even years following the treaty, British used this as a way to control Maori in a way. For example during the northern war Henry Williams printed 400 copies of the treaty in Maori and spent many days clarifying to Maori tribes and communities that, since the treaty was ‘a sacred compact,’ described that neither the Governor and more importantly the Queen would allow any ‘tinihanga’ (tricky business).
During this time period, in the 1830s there was rumours that the French were also making attempts to colonise New Zealand. Afraid of the French settling in their [Maori] country, taking over their land, Maori saw the treaty as a way to ensure they would have the protection of the Queen and her governors if anything was to happen.