It is bilingual, as the Māori text has been imprecisely translated from English. The status of the treaty has evolved over time. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand does not have a constitution in the form of a single document. It has a set of laws, customs and common laws that define the framework of government. The treaty was the original agreement founded by the British authority. This power was subsequently conferred on the New Zealand Parliament. Since then, Māori leaders and people have stressed the importance of the treaty. In recent history, successive governments have recognized the importance of the treaty in the life of the nation. In 1877, the raw English draft of the treatise was published along with photolithographic facsimiles and the originals were stored again. In 1908, the historian and bibliographer found Dr.
Thomas Hocken in search of historical documents contract documents in poor condition, damaged on the edges by water and partly eaten by rodents.  The papers were restored by the Dominion Museum in 1913 and kept fordem in special crates. . . .