Her Majesty Victoria, Queen of England in
Her gracious consideration for the chiefs and people of New Zealand, and her desire
to preserve to them their land and to maintain peace and order amongst them, has
been pleased to appoint an officer to treat with them for the cession of the Sovreignty
of their country and of the islands adjacent to the Queen. Seeing that many of
Her Majestys subjects have already settled in the country and are constantly
arriving; And that it is desirable for their protection as well as the protection
of the natives to establish a government amongst them.
Her Majesty has accordingly
been pleased to appoint me William Hobson a captain in the Royal Navy to be Governor
of such parts of New Zealand as may now or hereafter be ceided to her Majesty
and proposes to the chiefs of the Confederation of the United Tribes of New Zealand
and the other chiefs to agree to the following articles.-
chiefs of the Confederation of the United Tribes and the other chiefs who have
not joined the confederation, cede to the Queen of England for ever the entire
Sovreignty of their country.
The Queen of England confirms
and guarantees to the chiefs & tribes and to all the people of New Zealand
the possession of their lands, dwellings and all their property. But the chiefs
of the Confederation and the other chiefs grant to the chiefs Queen, the exclusive
right of purchasing such land as the proprietors thereof may be disposed to sell
at such prices as shall be agreed upon between them and the persons appointed
by the Queen to purchase from them.
In return for the cession
of the Sovreignty to the Queen, the people of New Zealand shall be protected by
the Queen of England and the rights and privileges of British subjects will be
granted to them.-
Consul & Lieut. Governor.
we the chiefs of the Confederation of the United tribes of New Zealand being assembled
at Waitangi, and we the other chiefs of New Zealand having understood the meaning
of these articles, accept of them and agree to them all.
In witness whereof
our names or marks are affixed. Done at Waitangi on the
4th Feb. 1840.