Rāpopoto reo Pākehā
Pukapuka 1, Nama 8
18591101


 
[p.1] Almanac
Notice giving publication and subscription details.
pp.1-2 Practices which ennoble children
Promotes a European style of education for Maori children, with the benefits listed as: the ability to record their age; access to books through literacy; acquisition of English. States that the Governor and Pakeha wish to share their language and knowledge with Maori.
Urges parents to ensure that their children stay at school for several years and advises on provisions that should be made for a boarding situation.
The Arabs
Discusses Arabia and its people, including genealogical links to Abraham, Noah and Job.
Includes scriptural quotations.
pp.2-3 The Church after Christ
Describes torture and martyrdom suffered by early Christians.
Poverty, worthlessness and death
Identifies and discusses errors in the way Maori live, including the lack of administration of justice, laziness, alcohol consumption and health remedies. Warns that eventually only Pakeha might remain on Maori land.
Includes a whakataukī [proverb].
p.4 [Letters]
From Rāwiri, Rauwhitu, Waikato
Reports the death of Pāora Tīrua, a Waikato chief. Describes his life and Christian faith. Suggests that young leaders of Waikato urge their elders to forsake the practices of the past as Tīrua had done.
From Hamutītī, Rauwhitu
Concerns circumstances surrounding the aforementioned death and that of Tīrua's grandchild, Hāmi.
Criticises the intervention of a tohunga [priest], linked to Hāmi's death.
Includes a whakataukī [proverb], to illustrate the extent of God's anger over such practices.
From Hakaraia Te Huaki, Karakariki
Concerns the recovery of the body of his daughter, Hēra, [see letter from Wiremu Pātene in Vol. 1, No. 5:4] from the Waipā river. Expresses relief that her body is buried with her ancestors and soul is with God.
From Hāmiora Ngāropi [Wesleyan Maori minister]
Reports the drowning of Te Karira in the Waikato River while accompanying a Pakeha across it.
A fable
Story of a shepherd boy whose sheep are killed as a result of previously crying `wolf' falsely.
Advises speaking the truth so as not to be branded a liar.