The British Resident to the Under-Secretary of State.
I have the honour to enclose herewith a copy of a Declaration by the chiefs of the northern parts of New Zealand, of the independence of their country, and of their having; united their tribes into one State, under the designation of "The United Tribes of New Zealand."page 9
In this Declaration the chiefs entreat that His Majesty will continue to be the parent of their infant State, and that he will become its protector from all attempts upon its independence; and it is at their unanimous desire that I transmit this document, in order to its being laid at the feet of His Majesty.
I have, &c.,
British Resident at New Zealand.
Declaration of the Independence of New Zealand.
|1.||We, the hereditary chiefs and heads of the tribes of the northern parts of New Zealand, being assembled at Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, on this 28th day of October, 1835, declare the independence of our country, which is hereby constituted and declared to be an independent State, under the designation of "The United Tribes of New Zealand."|
|2.||All sovereign power and authority within the territories of the United Tribes of New Zealand is hereby declared to reside entirely and exclusively in the hereditary chiefs and heads of tribes in their collective capacity, who also declare that they will not permit any legislative authority separate from themselves in their collective capacity to exist, nor any function of government to be exercised within the said territories, unless by persons appointed by them, and acting under the authority of laws regularly enacted by them in Congress assembled.|
|3.||The hereditary chiefs and heads of tribes agree to meet in Congress at Waitangi, in the autumn of each year, for the purpose of framing laws for the dispensation of justice, the preservation of peace and good order, and the regulation of trade; and they, cordially; invite the southern tribes to: lay aside their private animosities, and to consult the safety and welfare of our common country by joining the confederation of the United Tribes.|
|4.||They also agree to send a copy of this declaration to His Majesty the King of England, to thank him for his acknowledgment of their flag; and, in return for the friendship and protection they have shown and are prepared to show to such of his subjects as have settled in their country, or resorted to its shores for the purposes of trade, they entreat that he will continue to be the parent of their infant State, and that he will become its protector from all attempts upon its independence.|
Agreed to unanimously on this 28th day of October, 1835, in the presence of His Britannic Majesty's Resident.
[Here follow the signatures or marks of thirty-five hereditary chiefs or heads of tribes, which form a fair representation of the tribes of New Zealand from the North Cape to the latitude of the River Thames.]
I certify that the above is a correct copy of the declaration of the chiefs according to the translation of' missionaries who have resided ten years and upwards in the country, and it is transmitted to His Most Gracious Majesty the King of England at the unanimous request of the chiefs.
British Eesident at New Zealand.