Story: He Whakaputanga – Declaration of Independence

Europeans involved in the declaration: James Busby (2nd of 3)

Europeans involved in the declaration: James Busby

James Busby is shown in this 1832 miniature oil painting by Richard Read. Busby was still in his early 30s when he became British Resident in New Zealand the following year. He organised the selection of the national flag by northern chiefs in 1834, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1835.

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Oil painting by Richard Read

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Basil Keane, 'He Whakaputanga – Declaration of Independence - The contents of the declaration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012