The Chiefs of the Confederation of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the other Chiefs who have not joined the Confederation cede to the Queen of England for ever the entire Sovereignty of their country. –Treaty of Waitangi, Article 1
Let us celebrate it!
By Research Department, One New Zealand Foundation Inc.
While the Treaty of Waitangi gave tangata Maori, “the same rights as the people of England if they gave up their kawanatanga/governments to the Queen”, it did not make New Zealand into a British Colony under one flag, one government and one law.
After the treaty was signed, New Zealand remained under Governor Sir George Gipps and the dependency and laws of New South Wales.
On 3 May 1841, Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent dated 16 November 1840 separated New Zealand from New South Wales dependency and New Zealand became an independent British Colony.
Not only did New Zealand became a British Colony on this day, but we were given our first Governor and Constitution that set up our political, legal and justice systems under one flag, one government and one law, irrespective of race, colour or creed.
This document was Our true Founding Document and first Constitution.
The real Independence Day
As some celebrate the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February, all New Zealanders must celebrate New Zealand’s Independence Day on 3 May every year.
It is the day we became One Nation under One Flag, One government and One Law irrespective of race, colour or creed.