Volume 3, No. 33

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TE WANANGA. The Te Wananga.

Published every Saturday. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 187G.

THE Parliamentary news to hand are exciting. The Opposition have succeeded in compelling two of the new Ministers to retire, viz.. Hall and Ormond, and it has been necessary to pass a Bill of Indemnity to save the whole of the Ministry from the penalties which they had incurred through a broach of the law. This Bill has not been passed without much, and angry discussion, but the desire of getting on with the busi ness of the session, and getting back to their homes, has no doubt induced many members to support the Bill. The Opposition, led by Sir George Grey, remain a compact and formidable body, ready to give battle on every measure the Government bring forward, and compelling them more and more to pursue a policy different from that of the corrupt and extravagant Vogel Government. We hear no more of the iniquitous Native Land Bill which the Native Minister (Sir D. M'Lean) in- troduced, and to which, we referred in a former issue. Thanks to Sir George Grey and his followers that at- tempt at further spoliation of the Native has signally failed. As will be seen from our summary of news, several petitions have been presented regarding Native land transactions in Hawke's Bay. which will, no doubt, lead to a searching enquiry into certain matters having a most important bearing on Native interests. The evidence about to be laid before Parliament will add another dark chapter to the history of the Native office, that baneful department of the public service, which, under the pretence of especially watching over Native interests, has, by its insidious and selfish policy, alike degrading to the Government, and demoralising to the Maori people, been the author of so many evils to both races. The great "Taniwha" Sir Donald McLean, has contrived during many years to hoodwink not only the Parliament, but the Queen's Representatives. who have succeeded Sir George Grey as Governors of New Zealand. Ue is now played out, however, and is being mercilessly stripped of his Jackdaw feathers. and all his false pretensions as a wise and sagacious ruler in Native affairs. The great secret of his tem- porary power and influence was simply his extrava- gant and boundless expenditure of public money. No sooner did the golden stream cease to flow with un- stinted current from the public Treasury into his money bags, to be then dispersed at his pleasure, than the whole fabric of his power has fallen to the ground. The mau and his whole system has been found to be a monstrous sham and imposture. His nominal con- tinuance in the Government for a few months longer is only a quiet way of letting him go away without the disgrace of absolute dismissal. This would have been the fitting termination of a career which has been one of selfish personal ambition and aggrandizement at the expense of the best interests of both the Natives find Europeans, For many years to come, the seeds