A literal translation of the document referred to and referenced below that gives a true indication of the feelings of the NZ Maoris in 1831.
Letter from 13 Northland chiefs to King William IV of England in 1831:
To KING WILLIAM, the gracious chief of ENGLAND.
We, the chiefs of New Zealand assembled at this place, called the Kerikeri, write to thee, for we hear that thou art the great chief of the other side of the water, since the many ships which come to our land are from thee.
We are a people without possessions. We have nothing but timber, flax, pork and potatoes, we sell these things, however, to your people, and then we see property of the Europeans. It is only thy land which is liberal towards us. From thee also come the missionaries who teach us to believe in the Jehovah God, and in Jesus Christ his Son.
We have heard that the tribe of Marian* is at hand coming to take away our land, therefore we pray thee to become our friend and the guardian of these Islands, lest through the teasing of other tribes should come war to us, and lest strangers should come and take away our land.
And if any of thy people should be troublesome or vicious towards us (for some persons are living here who have run away from ships), we pray thee to be angry with them that they may be obedient, lest the anger of the people of this land fall upon them.
This letter is from us the chiefs of the natives of New Zealand:
Warerahi chief of Paroa
Rewa chief of Waimate
Patuone; Nene: two brothers, chiefs of Hokianga
Kekeao chief of Ahuahu
Titore chief of Kororarika
Tamoranaga chief of Taiamai
Ripe chief of Mapere
Hara chief of Ohaiawai
Atuahaere chief of Kaikohe
Moetara chief of Pakanai
Matangi chief of Waima
Taunai chief of Hutakura.
* The French