Te Waka Māori o Niu Tireni
The Maori Canoe of New Zealand
Published: August 21, 1878 - October 25, 1879. Gisborne
350 x 220mm., 16 pages, double columns, Maori with English translation, issued fortnightly, no illustrations except for the woodcut of the war canoe beneath the title from the fifth issue with "o Niu Tirani" dropped from the title and the motto "Hoea te waka, ha! " [Paddle the canoe!] added, contains 4 pages of advertisements, the first two issues were sent out gratuitously, then the cost was 13 shillings per year payable in advance. The newspaper was posted out on payment of the subscription. The imprint is, "Printed and published for the Gisborne Maori Newspaper Company (Limited) by James Grindell, at the Waka Maori office, Gisborne, Poverty Bay, New Zealand." After issue No.31 (24 May, 1879) was published the newspaper moved to Napier where it continued until issue No. 42 (25 October, 1879). A further attempt was made to revive it in 1884 with Te Waka Maori o Aotearoa.
This Te Waka Maori was also edited by James Grindell. For further physical details refer to Herbert W. Williams, A Bibliography of Printed Maori to 1900, Item 554.
This paper is written in Maori.
In 1877 there was a change of Government. Sir Donald McLean's policy for Maori people and their land as presented in the pages of Te Waka Maori o Ahuriri (Item 16) and Te Waka Maori o Niu Tirani (Item 17), had been roundly criticised by the Hawke's Bay Repudiation (of land sales) Movement. Several leaders of this movement were prominent in the new Liberal Government. Much of the attack on policy had been waged through the pages of the, then, opposition paper, Te Wananga (Item 22). Supporters of McLean's party and his policy resurrected Te Waka Maori at Gisborne.
The opening editorial demonstrates the link with the former Waka:
The war of words between Te Wananga and Te Waka Māori continued until a group of Hawke's Bay people associated with Te Wananga took Te Waka Maori to court:
This Te Waka Maori was also edited by James Grindell.
Grindell's opening editorial defends the former Te Waka Maori from criticism made in Te Wananga by John Sheehan of the Hawke's Bay Repudiation Movement. In 1877 when the Liberal Government came to power Sheehan became the new Native Minister. His Government stopped the funding for Te Waka.
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