Annexation of the Kermadec Group 1887

Annexation of the Kermadec Group 1887

(SR 1887/1)

  • Preamble

    Victoria, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India:

    To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting.

    Whereas it is expedient that certain islands belonging to Us, situated in the South Pacific Ocean, between the parallels of 29 degrees and 32 degrees south latitude and the meridians of 177 degrees and 180 degrees west longitude, and commonly known as the Kermadec Group, should be annexed to and form part of Our Colony of New Zealand:

    And whereas the legislative council and house of representatives of Our said colony have expressed their desire for such annexation, and have passed the following resolution:—

    We, Your Majesty's loyal subjects, the members of the legislative council (or house of representatives) of the Colony of New Zealand, in Parliament assembled, beg to express our great satisfaction on learning that Your Majesty has been pleased to order that the British flag shall be hoisted on the Kermadec group of islands; and we now respectfully pray that Your Majesty will be further pleased to order that those islands be annexed to this colony.

I. Governor authorities to issue proclamation for the annexation of the Kermadec Islands
  • Now We do, by these Our letters patent under the Great Seal of Our United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, authorise Our governor for the time being of Our said Colony of New Zealand, by proclamation2 under his hand and the public seal of the said colony, to declare that from and after a day to be therein mentioned, the said islands shall be annexed to and form part of Our said colony.

II. Proclamation not to issue unless law be passed extending laws of the colony to the islands annexed. Application of such laws may be modified by proclamation etc
  • And We do hereby direct Our said governor not to issue any such proclamation as aforesaid unless the Legislature of Our said Colony of New Zealand shall have passed a law providing that the said islands shall, on the day aforesaid, become part of Our said colony, and subject to the laws in force therein:

    Provided always that the application of the said laws to the said islands may be modified either by such proclamation as aforesaid, or by any law or laws to be from time to time passed by the Legislature of Our said colony for the government of the said islands so annexed.

III. Power reserved to Her Majesty to revoke, alter or amend the present letters patent
  • And We do hereby reserve to Ourselves, Our heirs and successors, full power and authority from time to time to revoke, alter, or amend these Our letters patent as to Us or them shall seem meet.

IV. Publication of letters patent
  • And We do further direct and enjoin that these Our letters patent shall be read and proclaimed at such place or places as Our said governor shall think fit within Our said Colony of New Zealand.

In witness whereof We have caused these Our letters to be made patent. Witness Ourself at Westminster the 18th day of January, in the fiftieth year of Our reign.

By warrant under the Queen's sign manual.

Muir Mackenzie.

  • 1 Letters Patent, dated January 18, 1887, passed under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom, for the annexation of certain islands, known as the Kermadec Group, to the colony of New Zealand.

  • 2 These letters patent were published in the New Zealand Government Gazette, April 5, 1887. By Proclamation of the Governor dated July 21, 1887, the Kermadec Group was annexed to New Zealand as from August 1, 1887.