Story: He Whakaputanga – Declaration of Independence

Europeans involved in the declaration: Henry Williams (1st of 3)

Europeans involved in the declaration: Henry Williams

This is missionary Henry Williams in the mid-1850s. Williams had an important role during the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and later the Treaty of Waitangi, in assisting with translation of terms. He was known by Māori either as Te Karu-whā (four eyes) because of his spectacles, or as Te Wiremu. His younger brother William Williams was known as Wiremu Parata (Brother Williams).

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-020-005
Lithograph by Charles Baugniet

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Basil Keane, 'He Whakaputanga – Declaration of Independence - The contents of the declaration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 January 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012