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TE WANANGA. (e ono rau e wha te kau ma whitu mano) pauna moni. A he nui noa ata hoki nga utu o nga moni koura e keria ana e te Pakeha o enei Moutere, ka pai ano, ka tupu tatou hei iwi e rangona i te ao.

NOTES ON NEW ZEALAND. Ma. G. HUNTER, M.H.R., of Wellington, in his ad- dress to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce at its meeting on Wednesday, March 28, in a speech, de- livered by him as deputy-chairman :—In regard to the population of New Zealand, he said, " On the 31st December, l875, the total population was 375,856, made of 213,294 males and 162,562 females. Of course the Blue Book of 1876 is not out yet, but I have good reason to believe that when it appears it will be seen that our population wilt be over 400,000, showing an increase of something like 25,000. The births for 1875 were 14.438, and in 1876 16,168, while the deaths for these two years were 5712 and 4904 respectively, consequently there was a large natural increase, as there were 1730 more births and 808 fewer deaths in 1876 than in the previous year." There are very few, if any, countries in the world, we venture to say, that could show more satisfactory returns under this heading than the above. We have not only the actual large natural increase to note, but also the accelerated rate of increase from year to year. Coming to another subject—the wool exports—he says, " In 1872 the exports of wool for the whole colony were 103,000 bales; 1873. 117,500 bales: increase on the year, 14,000 : 1874, I39.400 bales ; increase on the year, 21,009 bales ; 1875. 151,300 increase, 11,900 bales ; 1876, 163.600 bales : increase oa the year, 12,500 bales ; total increase during the four years, 60,800 bales. These figures are eminently satisfactory, and it is pleasing to know that they are admitted at Home, in a circular, dated 4th of De- cember, issued by Messrs. Dalgety, DuCroz, and Co., it is slated that the increase of wool production in the colony for the last four years is about 60 per cent. Assuming this wool to have been worth £18 per bale, the value of the increase is represented by £ 1,094,000, and I need not tell those acquainted with the charac- ter of the country that as the colony becomes improved the production of wool will continue to increase, for the land will carry a much larger amount of stock than is at present placed upon it. A good deal has been said about a probable large falling off in the Customs returns at the close of the financial year. Mr. Hunter, however, computes that up to the end of the December quarter, the diminution on the esti- mated revenue did not much exceed £11,000. He goes on to say :—" This quarter's account is not yet made up, but I believe it compares favourably with its predecessors, so that persons who say there has been m large falling off in the Customs revenue are sourcely warranted in making such statements. The results for the past two quarters may be summed up and compared as follows :—Quarter ending September 80, 1876, £812,472 ; quarter ending September 30, 1876, £808,430 ; quarter ending December 31, 1875, £208,608; quarter ending December 31, 1876. £294,128; quarter ending March 31, 1876, £317,744." Coming to the subject of railways, he observes: — " The estimate of receipts from colonial railways for 12 months was £132,200, and from provincial rail- ways £212,800, giving a total of £345,000. The actual receipts for colonial lines for six months have been £42,891, and for provincial lines £166,666. This is considerably under the estimate, but it must be borne in mind that the past six months of the financial year, from June to December, are the least productive. Wool, grain, and other articles come to hand freely during the months of January, February, and March*. The profit was estimated at £84,241 ; according to the present average it has only reached £63-458, showing a deficiency of £20,783 ; but in all probability this will be made up during the last half of the financial year, say, between January and June." In regard to the revenue under certain other heads, he says :—•' The stamp and postal revenue shows an increase, and so do the land sales. The revenue under this latter head was estimated to reach £647,000, but some days ago the receipts had reached £654,000, and it is quite expected they will come up to £1,000,000. The gold revenue I have already dealt with, but no doubt the effect of the late successes ia the North will lead to a large increase. Mr. Hunter's speech may be looked upon almost as an extra Parliamentary Finan- cial Statement, and one made to a much more critical audience than the House of Representatives. It ia worth while to give publicity to his figures, as such persistent and assiduous attempts have been made, and are still being made continually to place the com- mercial position of the colony in an unfavorably light in the eyes of the English public.—Hawke's Bay Herald.

KORERO PAREMATA. He Korero enei no nga korero a te Komiti rapurapu i nga tikanga o nga mea ki te taha Maori, a he mea ta aua kupu e matou, ki te tikanga o aua korero i whaka- maoritia ai e nga kai Whaka Maori o te Kawanatanga. E hara ia matou taua tu reo Maori. He ta ta matou kia rite pu ki ta ratou i mahi ai, a na ratou taua whakamaori- tanga i nga kupu a te Komiti, e hara ia matou. EDITA WANANGA.

Ko TE KUPU A TE KOMITI MO RUNGA I TE PUKAPUKA- INOI A IHAKARA TUKUMAHU ME ONA HOA TOKORUA.—E ki ana nga kai-inoi. i te wa i hokona ai te whenua i waenganui o Rangitikei o Manawatii i whakaaetia etahi porowhita e Te Petatone raua ko Te Pura, a kahore ano ki ea noa aua kupu. Kua whakahaua, ahau kia ki penei atu ki te Whare :—He kore korero whakatuturu i kore ai te Komiti o whai kupu. (HOANI PAREIHA.) JOHN BRYCE, Oketopa 6, 1S76. Tumuaki. KO TE KUPU A TE KOMITI MO RUNGA I TE PUKAPUKA-INOI A UTIKU MARUMARU ME ONA HOA E 97.—E ki ana nga kai- inoi kua tinihangatia ratou i runga i te hokonga o etahi whenua kei te takiwa o Rangitikei o Manawatu, a ko nga porowhita i whakaaetia mo ratou kua puritia. E tono ana ratou kia kimihia te tikanga. Kua whakahaua ahau kia kia enei atu ki te Whare :—He kore korero whakatuturu i kore ai te Komiti e whai kupu. (HOANI PAREIHA) JOHN BRYCE, Oketopa 6, 1876. Tumuaki. KO TE KUPU A TE KOMITI MO RUNGA I TE PUKAPUKA- INOI A KARAIPI TE PUKE ME ONA HOA E 2 ME TE HAPU KATOA O NGATIKIOPIRI.—E inoi ana nga kai-inoi kia kimihia