Rāpopoto reo Pākehā
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pp.5-6 Continues from the previous editorial regarding the dress, living, cultivating and working standards and habits of Maori.
Requests that Maori go to town to sell their produce but return immediately to their settlements, and not with guns and hatchets; that they not take the women to town, sing ditties, distort the countenance, become drunk, steal, or be insubordinate.
Requests the continual attempt to maintain proper housing, work industriously, wear suitable attire, and live peacefully.
Criticises the actions of [Hōne] Heke, the actions of Te Parawhau at Matakana, the actions of Maori fighting over land, and speculates that Maori are reverting to traditional customs. Disputes Hōne Heke's claims that his land was taken by the Governor, that his relatives were imprisoned, that his people were enslaved, and that his cultivations were depleted by the Pakeha; disputes that Maori plundered the Pakeha settlers of Mangōnui , Ōruru and Whangaroa; questions Heke's regard for the flag; warns that Maori in these areas will suffer considerably from the absence of Pakeha, and that Hōne Heke's action will not be aimed solely at Pakeha but that Heke will be indignant towards Maori also.
Criticises Te Parawhau's plunder of a woman and some children at Matakana, with special reference to Parihoro's action; disputes Parihoro's authority in relation to Ngāti Pāoa with regard to the region; justifies the Governor's resolution to enforce martial law as protection for Pakeha settlers.
pp.6-8 Letter to the Governor from William Hau, Waimate
Communicates support for the Governor because insolent people have violated the Queen's philanthropic practices and Christ's compassion; believes the Queen will forgo her guardianship of Maori; disagrees with his fellow corrupted Maori.
Response to William Hau from Robert Fitzroy
Describes Hau's fellow Maori who disobey the law as ignorant; discusses the procedures available to Fitzroy to deal with disorder, especially the actions of [Hōne] Heke; threatens that ostracism of the region by Pakeha will leave the local Maori without the opportunity to trade with Pakeha.
Letter to the Governor from Wiremu Repa, Te Waimate
Requests that, as he is a child, the Governor dispatch a soldier, some guns, powder, and lead shot for him because his settlement has little to overpower Hōne Heke who has a greater supply of these goods from the Americans. Requests a flag as identification of his loyalties to Tāmati Wāka [Nene] and the Governor in the event of an attack from the militia.
Letter to the Governor from Te Wāka Nene, Wiremu Waka Tūrau, Wiremu Repa, Kororāreka [Russell]
Agrees with the Governor's address to the leaders of Ngā Puhi [Vol. 4, No. 1:4]; requests the Governor to establish rapport with the people of Te Waimate and Te Ahuahu who escorted him about Kororāreka with Te Pekama [Thomas Beckham].
Advises that Ruku denies taking Te Rikitene's horses.
Requests the Governor to visit and deliver a flag for their group to fight under.
Response to Te Wāka Nene, Wiremu Repa and Wiremu Tūrau from Robert Fitzroy
Labels [Hōne] Heke and his associates as ignorant, threatens ostracism and relinquishment of the Queen's care of Maori to those who do not remain peaceful; gives reassurance that he does not intend to leave the position of Governor, or the land.