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Key Documents

Declaration of Independence | Treaty of Waitangi

The Declaration of Independence:

This is an international declaration signed on 28 October 1835 which recognises the sovereignty of the Independent Tribes of New Zealand. It was the forerunner of the Treaty of Waitangi and has a flag to symbolise tribal rights to trade as independent nations.

The Treaty of Waitangi:

On 3 Feb an English-language draft of the Treaty is prepared by Hobson, Freeman (Hobsonís secretary) and Busby. (Ian Wards, Shadow of the Land, Wellington, 1968, 42 also gives the names of J R Clendon and A Brown as participants at this stage). This first English-language draft has not survived.

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