New Zealand Constitutional Law Resources
Last Updated: 21 August 2017
On the Illegal Assumption of Authority in the Port Nicholson District.
Whereas certain persons residing at Port Nicholson, New Zealand, part of the dominion of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, have formed themselves into an illegal association, under the title of a council, and, in contempt of Her Majesty's authority, have assumed and attempted to usurp the powers vested in me by Her Majesty's Letters Patent for the government of the said colony, to the manifest injury and detriment of all Her Majesty's liege subjects in New Zealand:
Now, therefore, I, William Hobson, Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand, command all persons connected with such illegal association immediately to withdraw therefrom; and I call upon all persons resident at Port Nicholson, or elsewhere, within the limits of this Government, upon the allegiance they owe to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, to submit to the proper authorities in New Zealand, legally appointed, and to aid and assist them in the discharge of their respective duties.
Given under my hand at Government House, Russell, Bay of Islands, this twenty-third day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty.
William Hobson, Lieutenant-Governor.
By command of His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor.