The Treaty Of Waitangi : New Zealand

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In the early 1800’s prior to British involvement the Maori people’s early contact began with Whalers, sealers, and ship builders. In 1809, s ship arrived in Whangaroa harbour to collect supplies. On the ship was chief Te Ara, he complained of mistreatment so in an act of revenge they lured the captain ashore where they murdered and ate him and his crew along with burning there ship. This clearly marked one of the worst of the early encounters with the Maori. However, relationships with the british strengthened as time progressed which eventually led to British Sovereignty via the Treaty of Waitangi. It is New Zealand 's founding document that was signed on February 6th 1840. The treaty is an agreement made between the British Crown and…show more content…
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