Basis of Evidence presentation by WHARETATAO KING under WAI 1040 and WAI 1957.
KO NGA TURE
90. The 1858 Letter of Request is actually part of a hard-covered book called “KO NGA TURE”, The Laws. The very first page of the
book spells out just who’s ture/laws it is talking about; “KO NGA TURE O INGARANI”, the Laws of England.
91. Watermarks dating from 1856 appear spasmodically throughout the pages. Queen Victoria adds her stamp of authenticity with
featured watermarks of her in her chariot. Men commissioned to assist with the book are recorded by watermark also: Hutton, Fines,
Kent, Monsieurs, Cashdown, Williams, Weatherly.
92. The format of the book is a page of English Text with an opposite page of Maori text.
93. The first page reiterates just who’s laws they are “THE LAWS OF ENGLAND , compiled and translated into the Maori Language by
direction of His Excellency Thomas Gore Browne, C.B., Governor of New Zealand” at “Auckland, New Zealand 1858”
94. The next page is the “Table of Contents”. “The Governor’s Letter to the Maori People” is the first item. No page number is
indicated for either item unlike the remainder of the Contents.
95. The next page, the “Introduction” again re-affirms these are “The Laws of England.” It then proceeds with “an explanation of
that which is the Law, - "... the Laws of England. – the Law of the Queen”
96. It immediately differentiates between “Divine Law” and “Human Law”. Tikanga does not separate the two, all law having
alignment with Divine Law. The presumption here is that outside of Christianity and the Holy Scripture, there is no Divine Law.
97. A breakdown of Job Descriptions follows: The Queen, the Governor, the Judges, Juries, Lawyers, Sheriff, Coroner, Jury, Grand
Jury, Registrar, Magistrates, Witnesses, the procedures and differentiation between Civil and Criminal processes.
98. A full section each is then devoted to “CRIMINAL OFFENCES” and "CIVIL INJURIES". Indexes follow.
99. Three columns are set out 1. Name and Description of Offence, 2. Penalty of Punishment, 3. The appropriate Court to hear it.
100. Oral Archival Waiata relevant to this information are attached.
1802 After time spent living in Australia tupuna Te Paahi returns home with a tin trunk in which were exotic seeds including guava,
gooseberries , quince, passionfruit, tamarillos and others. These fruits grew around our house even 3 generations later. Our mother
spoke to them as if they were people. She ensured they were dried then regenerated. The trunk was tin because it was believed if a fire
happened the contents would survive.
The trunk remained in our family and later became the family treasure chest chock full of rangatira historical documents. Some I saw
included the people’s copy of He Wakaputanga O Te Rangatiratanga O Nu Tirani, the 99 year Lease Agreement, lands set aside by hapu
for schools and hospitals, the Wakaminenga Agreement to loan the settlers 20 million pounds to help fund the development of the
country, whanau international shipping schedules, whanau correspondence with King William IV, the 2nd copy of the Bible in Maori,
landmark details of the burial spot for Kupe’s hearthstone used for karakia and invocations and many other documents.
Wirako Wharerau asked for the trunk and Mum let it go to him. Pat Hohepa had access to it while it was in Wirako’s care. It was never
returned and Pat told our mother it was burned in a fire. Our mother’s words to him were “a tona wa Pat, a tona wa.” The document I
carry, the 1858 Letter is just one of the crucial documents that was most fortunately not in the trunk when Wirako took it Our current
understanding (2016) is Pat Hohepa has placed the trunk in the Archives in Wellington with a 50 year embargo date following his death
before the trunk can be viewed again.
1803 Ko-hui-a-rau - a collective and national meeting of all the regions held at what is now known as Ko-hui-a-rau. An agreement
was reached to accord the new residents 200 years to come to grips with living in an oranga environment with the rangatira. The
“Rejection Absolute” was sent in 2003 Matariki, 200 years after Ko-hui-a-rau.
1817 Establishment of Te Awaroa Native Reserve Bank to receive monies from land leases. Those monies were to be used to finance
trade and self-determination. With the introduction of the BNZ the monies ceased being paid to Te Awaroa Native Reserve Bank
effectively cutting-off the development of the indigenous people.
1832 Tupuna gate-crash King William IV of England’s tea-party. He presents his flag and promises he will make arrangements to
have it sent to our shores, that if we raise it we will have entry into over 65 ports worldwide and all protections that go with it. NO
consideration was given by Maori at that point merely the offence was offset.
1834 H.M.S Alligator arrives with the Rangatira Flag piped ashore to a 21 gun salute
1835 Colonial Secretary's Office, Sydney, 17th August, 1835 Gazette notice recognizes sovereign National Flag and Ships Register of
the Maori Rangatira
1835 He Wakaputanga O Te Rangatiratanga O Nu Tirani 28 October
1840 Te Kawenata Urunga Whenua
1840 Hone Heke repeatedly cut down the flagpost due to broken Tiriti arrangements.Hone Heke attempts to trap Governor George
Grey at Mokau is recorded in haka “ Kahore te Ki Patu”
1890 Her Majesty Queen Victoria issues Royal Instructions by Letters Patent to the colonial government, reaffirming Her Treaty
obligations to Maori.. This was gazetted
1984? 99 year lease agreements terminate. The lease agreement of specified lands had been in return for free education, free
housing, free health care for Maori.
1994 Revival of Wakaminenga – meeting of rangatira at Aotea in Kaipara
1999 Delegation of Portfolios – At the hui of our Wakaminenga I was given the portfolio of Cultural Affairs Minister. We were all
charged with doing whatever it took to effect sovereignty by peaceful means.
2002 Rejection Absolute – response to the 1858 Letter of Request actioned under banner Te Waka O Nga Mokopuna Ki Aotearoa.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is given 2 years to cease all Crown business in New Zealand.
2004 Te Waka O Nga Mokopuna – whanau hapu view and claim their 1858 Letter of Request and the Declaration of Independence
1835. Tino rangatira are chosen by them and the pledge is made to take care of all mokopuna birthrights.
Website Http:\\www.tewakamokopuna.net is set up.
2004 28 October Te Waka O Nga Mokopuna – issue directives to Q.E.II, the Governor General, and the N.Z. Government that time is
up. The measures to be taken by the government are outlined. A Re-affirmed Declaration of Independence is included.
2009 Establishment of business Te Kai a Te Rangatira Limited under Te Wakaminenga O Nga Rangatira O Nga Hapu O Aotearoa as a
pilot project for tikanga aligned business practices.
2010 12 August - Te Waka O Nga Mokopuna make a courtesy call to publicly publish Ko Nga Ture to the Waitangi Tribunal and
people in attendance at Panguru.
2015 Third attempt by persons 'unknown' to purchase the 1858 Letter of Request , the offer this time for 5 Billion. Rejected
2016 6 Feb Te Ti marae Waitangi and again 10 March at the flagpole Kororareka/Russell mokopuna signal to the world the nation's