Rāpopoto reo Pākehā
Pukapuka 4, Nama 5
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p.17 Editorial discussion of the traditional practices of Maori that are considered uncivilised and unchristian, the departure from such practices because of the teachings of the missionaries, the adoption of sedate Christian practices, and the basis for congenial relations between Maori and Pakeha. Discussion of Maori logic for their resistance as to retrieve the authority taken by the Queen; argues that while most tribes remain peaceful, the dissenters seek death; threatens the power of the English.
pp.18-20 Letter from Queen Pōmare to King Louis of France
Continuation, from Vol. 4, No. 3:10-12, of the correspondence from Queen Pōmare of Tahiti to Louis-Philippe, King of France. Discusses the 1842 and 1843 actions and judgements made by Dupetit-Thouars, with an accusation that the accounts from other sources are distorted, such as about the attack on Pomare's settlement, the aggression and injustice from Jacques Antoine Mourenhout.
Account of the 1843 retribution sought by Admiral Dupetit-Thouars for Pomare's permitted admission of English missionaries and settlers to Tahiti; condemns the actions, corruption and behaviour of the French soldiers and administrators; disputes the accusation made by Dupetit-Thouars that Pōmare adopted English colours. Discussion of the reasons for Pōmare requiring refuge aboard the English man-of-war Pahiriki [Basilisk]; questions the imprisonment of English officials by the French, and the distribution of Pomare's confiscated land; criticises the origin of the fighting at Tarawapou over the abuse of a woman; describes the subsequent retribution at Papeiti, Mahena, Haapape, and Wahaha; questions the integrity and practices of the Catholic missionaries, the corruption and distortion by French officials, the non-return of Pomare's land and assets. Discusses Pomare's escape into hiding, Pomare's exile to Raiatea and locations not under the influence of France, the English protection of Pōmare, and Pomare's correspondence with Queen Victoria that urges parity with the wife of the King of France as a woman and mother.
The Editor suggests that Maori might receive similar treatment from the French if the English were to leave New Zealand.
p.20 A thought
Addressed from Auckland, questioning the purpose of the Northern Wars when the consequence is denigration.