| 3 TE MANUHIRI TUARANGI AND MAORI INTELLIGENCER.
depend on it for protection and!
redress. Among the Maori, instead
of an equal law for all, the will of
the strong has been law : crime goes
unpunished and wrong unredressed,
if the wrong doer have a strong
If a Pakeha has a quarrel or thinks himself wronged, he goes to the Magistrate or the Judge, who decides impartially whether the com- plainant be powerful or weak. The Magistrate is the protector of the widow and the orphan. If the Maori thinks himself wronged, he appeals to the sword, even if against his own lawful Sovereign: but the sword cannot decide who is right, it can only decide who is strongest. The sword may deceive you by letting you have trifling advantages. but it will always decide eventually against the few and the weak. The Pakehas therefore show their love to you best when they wish you
to be subject to a law which will be u a shelter and a protection to you, even against themselves, should they increase and multiply, and greatly i exceed you in numbers and power.
But you say that Pakeha law is not plain and easy to be understood. Then go to Governor Grey, who is your friend, and ask him to help you to establish Courts among yourselves, Ture anake tona whakawhirinaki- tanga hei taiepa mona hei whakaora, mona i te he. Ki te Maori, to kotahi tonu he ture mo katoa, kei to kaha Maori te tikanga ko tona ture
tenei, ko te kino te whiua, ko te he te whakatikaia, mehemea he ringa kaha te ringaringa nana te mahi he. Mehemea he tautohetohe ta te Pakeha, he he ranei e homai ana e tetahi ki a ia, ka tika tonu ia ki te