"That this conference takes cognisance of the fact that several chiefs, members thereof, are pledged to each other to do nothing inconsistent with their declared recognition of the Queen’s sovereignty, and of the unions of the two races".When Anne Salmond stated her support for recent Ngapuhi spokesmen who claimed that they had never ceded sovereignty, I quoted these statements to her. She replied that the chiefs would not remember accurately what had been said twenty years ago. (Email to me, 24th August 2010) This is pure nonsense of course. The chiefs' memories were well-trained and would certainly know accurate accounts of Waitangi proceedings.
That is all which was agreed by the signatories to the Treaty and those who deny it today or claim that it said anything else (but for a sentence about land purchases which soon became a dead letter) are dishonouring the Treaty. The Waitangi Tribunal and today's Ngapuhi spokesmen are the greatest offenders.