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Petition about lawlessness

This petition was sent to King William IV by 13 Māori chiefs from the Bay of Islands in 1831. Its main aim was to seek the king's protection against the French, who had recently sent a naval vessel to New Zealand. However, the chiefs were also concerned about inter-tribal conflict and the misconduct of British subjects, and wanted the king to defend them against lawlessness so everyone could live peaceably together.

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Reference: CO201/221 Enclosure 8, no. 4

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Geoffrey Palmer, 'Law - New Zealand’s legal traditions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2021)

Story by Geoffrey Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016