Rāpopoto reo Pākehā
Pukapuka 3, Nama 11
18441101


 
p.55 To the Maori people of New Zealand and the leaders of Pēwhairangi
From Governor Robert Fitzroy, warning that dissenting conduct does not benefit the people and the country, and calling for unity and peace.
p.55-58 To the Maori people of New Zealand
Addressed to those Maori who wish to offer land for Pakeha settlement.
Establishes the debate surrounding ownership of land. Portrays a scenario of the outcomes from positive or negative relations between Maori and Pakeha: if relations are convivial Pakeha settlers will send favourable reports to associates in England who will in turn also wish to migrate and settle, but if relations are incompatible English migrants will journey to another land to settle, and the commercial benefits to the country and Maori people will diminish.
Advises Maori to refrain from customary practices and objections to land sales. Avowal that the Queen of England is the epitome of authority and civilisation and does not intend to steal the land from Maori. Cautions that other peoples of the wider world do not treat the Queen of England and her people in the same manner that Maori do; description of the Queen's military power and authority.
Prescription for amicable laws about land sales and for accurate information about ownership of sections of districts, for the application of the British judicial system, for each tribal group to meet to form committees to draw up the layout of their land and to list those entitled to claim rights to sections to be submitted to the regional Protectorate. Requests the committees to police and report inappropriate behaviour by Maori; explains that appropriate behaviour will find favourable response from England; comparison of Maori made with `poorman' communities in England.
p.58 Letters to the Editor
From Moari Pakeha [Maori-Pakeha], Pōneke [Wellington]
Criticises theft as practised by Maori and the actions of Hōne Heke. Prescribes marketing food products by Maori, rather than stealing goods; describes a scenario of a Maori stealing goods from a Pakeha storekeeper and the repercussions; ascribes the habit of theft to Maori in Auckland, and compares this behaviour with that of Maori from the two fortified settlements established in Pōneke [Wellington], Pipitea and Te Aro.
[Notices]
Reward offered to any Maori who returns a missing boat.
Situations vacant for 50 workers at Aotea by Te Apakarame [Peter Abercrombie] and Pene Rori [F.S. Peppercorne].