Tāwhiao, the second Māori king, travelled to England in 1884 with this eloquent plea to Queen Victoria to renew the promises made in the Treaty of Waitangi. At that time the treaty had very little political influence and Tāwhiao was deeply concerned for the future of his people. He did not suceed in meeting the queen, and his petition was referred back to the New Zealand Parliament.
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Reference: Pererika H. Peneha, He kupu whakaatu. London: Gilbert and Rivington, 1884 (BIM 1101-14)
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