| THE RECORDER.
TE TEIRA AND WAITARA.
It is not, we presume, genially known that Teira, who sold the famous
600 acres of land at Waitara to the New Zealand Government, admits, now,
that the land was not his own. This admission was openly made in. the
presence of many credible witnesses, to whom he pointed out lands within
the disputed block as the personal property of William King. Teira stated
most emphatically that, independently of Kingi's claims, that he, Kingi, held
in trust many allotments belonging to absentees, and that they were also
included in the land surveyed by Government.
Teira made a farther confession, namely, that he acted wrongly in ceding
the land in question, he having no proper title apart from King, and that the
notable 600 acres was, as King had previously declared, " the bed-room of
us all. "
" It" [i. e. the Waitara] says the heroic Teira, " does not belong to one
man. Each man has a piece. The site of the pa we now occupy belongs
to Pirikawau and Koro. The marshy ground is William King's. The land
beyond [i. e. adjoining] the soldiers' barracks belongs to William King. The
side [taha] towards Waitara [the Waitara river] is William King's. The
side inland of the soldiers' fortress or camp belongs also to William King. "
. Prior to the commencement of hostilities at New Plymouth it was asked,
" Has the Taranaki land claim been thoroughly investigated ? If so, when
whereand by whom?" We may be permitted to add, What will the
British, public think of Teira's confession in the face of Colonel Gore Browne's
trustworthy despatches ?
SPEECH OF THE LATE POTATAU TE WHEROWHERO AT
Steadfastly adhere to Christianity, steadfastly adhere to Love; stead-
fastly adhere to Law. Is anything beyond this worthy of your consider-
" The Gospel is not purchasable, it is a free gift, held out for all.
" In former times, O Maori, thy god was Uenuku the man eater; but
to day, you have another God, even the mighty God of heaven.
" Let war be ended in New Zealand between the European and Maori.
' Let all crimes, whether great or small, be adjudged according to law,
though the evil spirit may set himself up to counteract this advice. "