Rāpopoto reo Pākehā
Pukapuka 1, Nama 1
1859


 
[p.1] Almanac with Bible readings, phases of the moon and significant events noted. [Hereafter described as `Almanac'.]
Notice giving publication and subscription details.
pp.1-2 Committee of Wesleyan ministers announces the beginning of the newspaper to Maori readers and outlines its aims: to publicise faults and good deeds; to combat unlawful activities; to publicise areas of weakness in the church; to describe various churches; to inform about good examples of Pakeha behaviour.
Includes lines of a waiata [song] from which the name of the paper is taken, and at least two whakataukī [proverbs].
Let them wash their clothes. Exodus 19:10
Discusses the notion that Maori are lazy with regard to keeping their bodies and clothes clean.
Includes scriptural quotations regarding physical cleanliness as a reflection of one's spiritual state.
pp.2-3 The Great Assembly of Wesleyan Ministers
Reports the [annual] Australasian Conference of the Wesleyan Church held in Sydney and attended by [Thomas] Buddle [Editor of Te Haeata] and Hāmiora Ngāropi from New Zealand.
Lists figures for the numbers of Wesleyan Church members in Australasia and the South Pacific.
Refers to the strength of the faith in Fiji. Notes small financial contribution from New Zealand and expresses doubt over the nature of the Christian faith amongst Maori.
Includes list of clerical placements for New Zealand for 1859.
pp.3-4 Practices which benefit children
From Te Waitere [John Whiteley?].
Discusses perceived errors in the way Maori care for their children. Covers the welfare of pregnant women, clothing, bedding, housing, food, carrying of infants, and the spending of money on funerals and possessions. Predicts God's condemnation in the next life for these errors.
Remarkable human feats
Describes amazing structures built by humans, the cities of Nineveh, Babylon and Athens, and the Great Wall of China.
A fable
Story of the goose that laid golden eggs. Compared to perceived excesses at Maori feasts.
In memory of those who have died
Obituary for Hōne Ropiha Te Keukeu [Heuheu?] of Taranaki.
Obituaries for Rōpata of Waikōwhai and a child from Puketūpapa.