Time to Honour Queen Victoria’a Royal Charter/Letters Patent
Politicians Must Honour the Royal Charter
On July 4 1776 America claimed their independence from Britain. Each year on that date American citizens celebrate their freedom and independence, irrespective of race colour or creed.
In New Zealand our independence day is the 16th November and all our 120 members of parliament and academics should know this but refuse to acknowledge it.
Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent with its Royal Seal attached separated New Zealand from New South Wales on the 16th November 1840 and New Zealand became a British Colony with a Governor and a Constitution to form a legal government to make and enforce our laws, all under the watchful eye of Great Britain, but this document has been completely ignored by our governments and academics.
The Royal Charter dated the 16 November 1840 superseded the Treaty of Waitangi and this is the day all New Zealanders should be celebrating as it united the country under one flag and one law.
If the Government continues to use the Treaty of Waitangi as our Founding Document and not the Royal Charter/Letters Patent, we will never solve our racial and social problems, the Treaty will continue to drive a wedge between all the people of New Zealand.
We need to vote people into power who will honour the Royal Charter as our ‘true’ Founding Document and ‘first’ Constitution, not those who continue to mislead us with today’s distorted versions of the Treaty of Waitangi.
Time to Honour Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent
OUR ‘TRUE’ FOUNDING DOCUMENT AND ‘FIRST’ CONSTITUTION
The Government continues to use the Treaty of Waitangi as our Founding Document to give part-Maori privilege and advantage over those who cannot claim a minute trace of Maori ancestry when the Treaty only gave Maori, “the same rights as the people of England”. The Treaty of Waitangi was the most generous gift to a primitive people on their way to self-destruction that was ever given by a super power. After Lt. Governor Hobson had declared Sovereignty over New Zealand on the 21st May 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi had served its purpose and was put into storage where it was later damaged by fire and rats.
By 1831 intertribal fighting had devastated the “tangata Maori” population and 13 Ngapuhi chiefs asked King William IV to be their guardian and protector, but it was soon found this could only be successfully achieved by Britain obtaining sovereignty over all the Islands of New Zealand and “tangata-Maori” becoming British Subjects.
During 1840, starting on the 6th February the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between 512 “tangata Maori chiefs” and Queen Victoria where the chiefs gave up their territories and governments to legally allow British Sovereignty over all the Islands of New Zealand under the dependency and laws of New South Wales.This arrangement only lasted for six months before New Zealand separated from New South Wales by Royal Charter and became a British Colony
With British Sovereignty firmly asserted, Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent dated the 16 November 1840 ratified that Sovereignty had been legally and morally obtained by Great Britain over all the Islands of New Zealand. This was recognised and accepted by the rest of the world ever since.
Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent with its Royal Seal attached separated New Zealand from New South Wales on the 16th November 1840 and New Zealand became a British Colony with a Governor and a Constitution to form a legal government to make laws with courts and judges to enforce those laws, all under the watchful eye of Great Britain. The first sitting of the Legislative Council (Government) was held on the 24 May 1841.
If the Government continues to use the Treaty of Waitangi as our Founding Document and not the Royal Charter/Letters Patent we will never solve our racial and social problems, the Treaty will continue to drive a wedge between the people of New Zealand.
The Treaty of Waitangi was an agreement between “tangata Maori” and Queen Victoria for Britain to gain sovereignty over the Islands of New Zealand. Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent was our ‘true’ Founding Document and ‘first’ Constitution that set up our Political and Justice systems under one law for all.
In 1947, with the adoption of the Statute of Westminster that granted New Zealand complete autonomy in domestic as well as foreign affairs, we all became New Zealand Citizens under one flag and one law, irrespective of race, colour or creed.
It is interesting to note that Te Papa and the Ministry of Justice Electoral and Constitutional Policy Unit do not hold copies or any information on the Royal Charter/Letters Patent. We asked Te Papa under the Official Information Act (OIA), “Does Te Papa have a copy of Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter and if so, why is it not given its rightful place at Te Papa”?
Claire McClintock, Senior Advisor, Office of the Chief Executive, Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand replied. “Te Papa does not have a copy of the Charter”
We then asked the Ministry of Justice under the OIA, “Why is Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent not mentioned or part of New Zealand’s Legal System”? Fiona Illingworth, Manager, Electoral and Constitutional Policy, Ministry of Justice replied, “Your request is refused under Section 18(g) of the OIA 1982 as the Ministry of Justice does not hold any information relating to your request”.
Unbelievable when it is held in the Constitution Room at Archives New Zealand and listed as, “ACGO 8341, 1A19, R21434434, Charter of 1840, Constitution of the Colony of New Zealand into a separate colony, 16 November 1840″.
Our governments and academics have completely ignored the Royal Charter/Letters Patent as our ‘true’ Founding Document and ‘first’ Constitution since the 1975 Treaty of Waitangi Act.
There is no doubt the Government and some part-Maori do not want this document made pubic as it would show how the people of New Zealand have been misled by their Politicians and Governments since the 1975 Treaty of Waitangi Act and the apartheid Waitangi Tribunal it created.
Any breach against the Crown can only be a breach against the laws of New Zealand and not the Treaty of Waitangi or the Waitangi Tribunal, where only those with a minute trace of Maori ancestry can lay a claim or participate. All alleged claims against the Crown since 1975 should have been heard by our Justice System where all New Zealand citizens could have participated as they were in the 1930’s and 1940”s when most of the recent claims were “fully and finally” settled. They should not have been heard by the apartheid Waitangi Tribunal or the Crown that allows our history and the Treaty of Waitangi to be continually distorted to allow these claims to proceed. The Treaty of Waitangi or Queen Victoria’s Royal Charter/Letters Patent gave no exclusive rights for Maori; we were all given the same rights under one flag and one law, irrespective of race, colour or creed!
The Treaty of Waitangi was an agreement between Queen Victoria and “tangata Maori”.
The Royal Charter/Letters Patent was our ‘true’ Founding Document and ‘first’ Constitution.
The People must speak out as our Politicians and Governments have misled us since 1975.
For further information and to read the Royal Charter: www.onenzfoundation.co.nz (Royal Charter).
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Donations gratefully accepted.Compiled by Ross Baker, Researcher, One New Zealand Foundation Inc. ONZF@bigpond.com.au. 28/6/14 (c)