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TE WAKA MAORI O NIU TIRANI.

Inaianei, i tenei wa tonu, e tupato rawa ana te nga-

kau. Maori ki te Kawanatanga i nga wahi katoa o te

motu. E pouri ana e ahua awangawanga katoa

ana te motu — e kore tenei e taea te whaka-

kore. Tena pea etahi tangata e kii mai ko te

mahi a te Hihana ki a Rewi i pai, i tika. E

kore rawa matou e whakaae ki tena, a he mohio hoki

matou. E mahi ana a Rewi i te taha Kingi Maori;

kua whakawaia te Minita Maori e ia. Tena marire

tana tikanga e whaia ana e ia; e mea ana ia, ko te

Kawanatanga hei awhina ia ia ki te here atu ki a te

Kingi tetahi whenua whakaharahara, ko nga take a

etahi Hapu kaore e tino piri ana ki a ia e kore e wha-

kaaroa e ia—a Ngatiraukawa me etahi atu ra pea. I

ki te Hihana i roto i te Paremete ka whakatuwhera-

tia nga whenua a te Kingi ki nga Pakeha, ka mahia

hoki he rerewe ki reira. Ko te Riihi tetahi,

i tona whai-korerotanga i Nepia i te pootitanga,

i pena ano ana korero, he whakawai hoki i nga

Pakeha kai-mahi. Kore rawa he tangata mohio

ki nga tikanga Maori i te motu katoa e wha-

karongo ki tena korero—he tino rupahu noa ia. Ko

& matou kupu poropiti o mua iho mo te mahi whaka-

haere a te Hihana i nga tikanga Maori kua pono

anake, kihai rawa tetahi i hapa. Mea ake kite ai me

he mea e pono ana hoki enei kupu a matou mo Rewi

me Waikato, me he mea e hee ana ranei.

• Heoi, ka ki ano matou i ta matou kupu o mua;

ara kaore rawa nga Maori i tino whakapono ki a te

Hihana o te timatanga mai ra ano. Engari i whaka-

waia ratou i nga korero a Kerei raua ko te Hihana i

to raua tapoitanga i te motu, i kiia ra e raua he nui

nga tikanga pai e tukua ki nga Maori; no kona te

ngakau Maori ka tumanako ki aua mea, ka noho

wahangu hoki nga iwi ki te tatari ki aua mea pai, a

kiia ana e te Hihana he whakapono tena ki te

Kawanatanga. " I tona whai-korero mo nga tikanga,

Maori i roto i te Paremete i te tau 1878 i ki ia, " kua

kite ia i nga iwi, kua whakarongo ia ki o ratou mate,

No runga i to raua haereerenga ko Ta Hori Kerei i

roto i nga Maori no kona ratou ka whakapono ki te

Kawanatanga" Me he mea i ki ia, no kona i " nga-

kau tumanako" ai nga Maori kua tika tana kupu.

Otira nawai i tumanako te ngakau, a ka tau te tino

pouri me te tupato i runga i te nui o nga kupu a

Kerei raua ko te Hihana kihai rawa i mana. 1 taua

whai-korero whakahihi i te Whare ra, i ki ia ko

ratou ko ona hoa nga " tangata tika hei whakahaere

i nga tikanga Maori i nga wa katoa e haere ake nei !"

Ko ta te Hihana tana korero pakiwaha tena; e-

ngari ki ta matou whakaaro ka whano ka tupu he kino

i te motu nei i te mahi whakahaere a Kerei raua ko

te Hihana. He kupu ata whakapuaki marire tenei

na matou 5 e mohio rawa ana hoki matou ki te ahua.

Ta matou whakaaro, ki te mea ka waiho tonu ko

Kerei raua ko te Hihana hei whakahaere i nga

tikanga o te taha Maori he hanga noa te riri. He

whakatenetene i nga Maori te mahi a te Hihana i a

ana korero whakahihi, pakiwaha noa; muri iho ko

tona ahua pokaku, ngakau wehi, hei take whakakaha

i a ratou.

retire foiled and humiliated. At the present moment

the Native mind throughout the country is filled

with distrust and suspicion of the Government.

Dissatisfaction and discontent prevail everywhere—

these are facts which, cannot be denied. Some per-

sons may say that he Has been successful with Rewi.

We refuse to believe any such thing, and we think

our opinion is worth something. Rewi is acting in

the interest of the Maori King, and has completely

hood-winked the Native Minister. He has a little

game of his own to carry put; he would like, with

the assistance of the Government, to get an immense

territory made the inalienable property of the King

party, ignoring the claims of certain tribes (the

Ngatiraukawa, to wit) who do not fall in with his

views. Mr. Sheehan has stated in. Parliament that

the King country would be thrown open to Europeans

and a railway made through it; and in an electioneer-

ing speech at Napier the other day, Mr. Rees tried to

humbug the " working men" by repeating the same

story. We venture to say that there is not a man in the

county possessing a knowledge of Native matters who

could be induced to believe any such thing—it is the

veriest clap-trap. Our prognostications respecting

Mr. Sheehan's management of Native affairs have,

in every instance, been verified; and it remains to be

seen whether our judgment respecting Rewi and the

Waikato is correct or not.

In conclusion, we repeat what we have many times

said, namely, that the Maories never had any real

confidence in Mr. Sheehan. They were beguiled by

many promises of good things to come, made by him

and Sir George Grey in their stumping tours, and a

feeling of expectation was consequently raised in

their minds which kept them quiet and submissive

for a time, and this feeling Mr. Sheehan designated

" confidence in the Government. " In his Native

Statement in September, 1878, he said, " he had seen

the people and listened to their grievances. Amongst

them there had in consequence of these visits (i. e.

of himself and Sir George Grey) been created a feel-

ing of confidence in the Government" If he had

said a feeling of " expectation " had been created

he would have been right. That feeling, how-

ever, soon changed to one of deep distrust,

proportionate to the disappointment engendered

by broken and unfulfilled promises. In the same

memorable and impudent statement he informed

the House that he and his colleagues were the " fit

and proper persons to be entrusted with the manage-

ment of Native affairs for the future!" That was

Mr. Sheehan's vain-glorious assertion; but in our

opinion Grey and Sheehan's management of Native

affairs has almost brought the country to the verge of

another war we say this advisedly and with a perfect.

knowledge of the situation. We should not be at all

surprised at another outbreak of hostilities if the

management of Native affairs be left in the hands

of Grey and Sheehan. The Native Minister first

excites the Natives by his foolish blustering, and

then emboldens them by his vacillation and timidity.