The Treaty of Waitangi (article 1)

(added by Mary-Kim Arnold'93, English 34 1993)

The Chiefs of the Confederation of the United Tribes of New Zealand, and the separate and independent Chiefs who have not become members of the Confederation, cede to Her Majesty the Queen of England, absolutely, and without reservation, all the rights and powers of soverreignty which the said Confederation or individual Chiefs respectively exercise or possess, or may be supposed to exercise or posses, over their respective territories as the sole Soverreigns thereof.

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