I waia te nuinga o ngā kaiheke Pākehā o ngā tekau tau 1840 me 1850 ki te pōti me te kāwanatanga. Nō te tekau tau atu i 1850 kua kore rātou e hiahia i tētahi kāwana i tonoa mai i Peretānia. I te tau 1852 ka whakahipahia e te kāwanatanga o Ingarangi kia tū te Whare Paremata.
Nō te tau 1854 ka hui tuatahi mai te paremata. I te tau 1854 ko Robert Wynyard te kāwana whakakapi. Anei tētahi wāhi o tana kauhau i te tuwheratanga o te Paremata.
‘A great work, then gentlemen, now lies before you. To confirm, by your prudence and moderation, the fitness of our countrymen for representative self-government and free institutions; to preserve and to advance in the scale of civilization the Native inhabitants of these Islands; to develop the resources of a country rich in all the elements of future national greatness; to be the pioneers for its colonisation by the Anglo-Saxon race; to lay the foundation of its religious, political, and social institutions; to give laws to the present and to influence the character of a future generation, will be the rare privilege and the noble duty of the new-formed Parliament of New Zealand.’ Source: New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, 1854–55.
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Source: New Zealand Parliamentary Debates, 1854–55.