Te Haeata 1859-1862
The Dawn Streaks of Light
Published: Auckland, April 1, 1859 - March 2, 1862.
290 x 230mm., 4 pages, 3 columns, all Maori, issued monthly, no illustrations but each issue begins with a calendar for the month with significant dates marked on it (for example, Queen Victoria's Birthday, the Resurrection of Christ), some advertisements. The cost was 2 shillings and 6 pence per year, with 3 pence for a single issue. The imprint at the end reads, "Printed by W. C. Wilson, at the "New Zealander" Printing Office, Shortland Street"; in Vol. III no. 5 the imprint reads, "Akarana: - I taia e W. C. Wilson ki te Whare Perehi o te "New Zealander", Hoterana - Tiriti".
Te Haeata was a religious newspaper edited by Te Patara [Reverend J. Buddle] at Onehunga.
For further physical details refer to Herbert W. Williams, A Bibliography of Printed Maori to 1900, Item 305.
This paper is written in Maori.
The newspaper was established by the Wesleyan missionaries to convey the good news to people desiring knowledge, particularly of the church, and to instruct them in the good customs of the Pakeha: "Na te komiti o nga Minita o te Hahi Weteriana i mea kia taia tenei pukapuka, hei kawe korero pai ki nga tangata e hiahia ana ki te matauranga. Tona tikanga nui to Te Haeata nei, hei korero i nga peheatanga o nga Hahi... he nui ana ta matou hiahia kia whaia tonutia nga ritenga pai a te Pakeha e te tangata Maori."(April 1, 1859: 1).
The intention of Te Haeata was love, goodness, and instruction, "he aroha te take o tenei pukapuka hou, he ritenga pai tona, he ritenga ako hoki"(ibid. ), and its aim is best summed up in the following lines, probably taken from a haka or a waiata:
Tenei te Haeata
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