'I would argue, from this Document [the 1835 Declaration of Independence], that it clearly establishes ... that New Zealand is recognised by this Country as an independent and sovereign State; consequently any Act on the Part of the Government or Legislature of [Great Britain] which would infringe the acknowledged national Sovereignty is one which the British Government cannot warrantably [sic] adopt.'
Lay Secretary of the Church Mission Society
(14 May 1838, Minutes of Evidence before Select Committee on the Islands of New Zealand, House of Lords, 1838.)
Trust announces patron - Rt Rev Te Kitohi Wiremu Pikaahu
The Karuwhā Trust board has great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Bishop of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland-Auckland), The Right Reverend Te Kitohi Wiremu Pikaahu LTh, MTh (Oxon) as the Trust’s patron. Bishop Pikaahu was ordained Bishop in 2002 at the age of 37 and remains one of the youngest Bishops in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Bishop Pikaahu is of Ngāpuhi descent.
Samuel Carpenter, the current chair of the Karuwhā Trust board, says: ‘Bishop Kito’s acceptance of the board’s invitation to become trust patron is a fitting endorsement of the trust’s vision to engage Aotearoa New Zealand in a conversation on identity and history. The humanitarian and missionary movement in Britain was a critical spur to British intervention in New Zealand by te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) 1840. Anglican missionaries in New Zealand were the crucial bridge-builders and translators between British imperial agents and rangatira Māori in that engagement. They later were strong advocates of Māori interests in various imperial and settler-government administrations. Anglican missionary work also stimulated an indigenous Māori missionary movement. As Aotearoa New Zealand continues to confront the meanings and implications of its early history, it is fitting that Bishop Kito – a significant leader in the Māori community in Tai Tokerau and throughout the country – has agreed to become the Trust’s patron. E te rangatira, ka nui te mihi ki a koe, me tōu whānau whānui hoki.’
Bishop Kito says: ‘I am looking forward to being involved with the work of Te Karuwhā Trust. I am proud of the heritage that my tūpuna left to my generation as Māori and as a Christian. With that sense of pride comes the responsibility to uphold the values and principles to which those same tūpuna, in whakapapa and whakapono, lived by, what they sought to nurture and pass on, and which I must preserve for the next generation. This is an opportunity to assist the work of the Trust in every way that enables the true legacy of the early missionaries and the relationships they forged with Maori, to continue to be the foundation for present-day society in Aotearoa New Zealand.’