Treaty House - Waitangi, Northland, New Zealand
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S 35° 15.953 E 174° 04.901
60H E 234524 N 6093565
Quick Description: The house saw important negotiations between Maori and the British Crown, including early attempts to establish an independent Maori government.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 2/25/2013 10:36:41 AM
Waymark Code: WMGF9D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Content for this write-up was provided through the website of New Zealand Historic Places Trust.

The house saw important negotiations between Maori and the British Crown, including early attempts to establish an independent Maori government. The Confederation of the United Tribes of New Zealand first raised a flag on the residency lawn in 1834, and issued a Declaration of Independence there the following year. With the decision of the British government to become more formally involved in New Zealand affairs, Busby was instrumental in drafting an agreement between Maori and the Crown, which became known as the Treaty of Waitangi. Maori from around the region discussed the Treaty extensively on the grounds of the residency before a signing ceremony was held in front of the house on 6 February 1840. The Treaty was subsequently taken around the country for other Maori to sign, formally establishing New Zealand as a British colony.
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