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Te Ara: Story: He Whakaputanga – Declaration of Independence

In 1835 northern chiefs signed a Declaration of Independence, asserting their sovereignty over New Zealand. The declaration had been drafted by a British official, prompted in part by rumours that a Frenchman was planning to declare himself the king of New Zealand.

Basil Keane. 'He Whakaputanga – Declaration of Independence', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Nov-12. 


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