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THE MAORI MESSENGER.

TE KARERE MAORI.

No.1 AUCKLAND. JANUARY 1. 1855.) ( AKARANA, HANUERE 1, 1 855. [Vol.l.

THE present issue of the "MAORI MESSENGER" will be recognised by our native readers, as an "old friend in a new dress." Those whose pre- sent duty it is to conduct this journal, enter upon the task with much timidity, feeling their inabil- ity to discharge fully, the important and respon- sible work entrusted to them.

The former Editor being a literary man, pos- sessed the qualifications necessary for a jour- nalist, and many useful lessons from the pen of that gentleman are, doubtless, treasured up in the memory of the native people.

We are young and inexperienced, but not with- out hope in reference to the co-operation of our numerous friends; and should our expectations be realised,we see no reason why this journal should not become deeply interesting and in- structive, to the whole of the aborigines of these islands.

All lovers of the natives, we doubt not, will con- tribute to our pages, and as our system is not yet perfect, and our arrangements incom- plete, any suggestion that will tend to im- prove the plan we have adopted, will be grate

fully received. We hope too, that the natives themselves will take an interest in this periodi- cal, and forward their contributions, from time to time. I

We cannot close this brief introduction, with- out acknowledging the goodness of those friends to whom the natives are indebted for the com- pact form in which the "Maori Messenger" is now sent forth to the world; and we have no hesitation in saying, that our tribute of thanks will be cordially responded to, by all the tribes of New Zealand.

THE LATE ALARMING FIRE.

[From the "Southem Cross."] About a quarter past nine on Sunday evening. the inhabitants of Auckland were startled by the cry of fire. Numbers immediately rushed into

Ko tenei putanga o te " Karere Maori," ka kite nga tangata titiro nupepa, "he hoa tawhito tenei he mea hipoki ki te kakahu hou." Ko te tangata mana e kohikohi kupu mo tenei pukapuka i nai- anei, e tua maihi ana, no te mea he mahi nui te- nei; a, ekore pea e ata oti i a ia tenei mahi whai mana.

Ko to mua kai-tuhituhi he tangata matau, no konei i tika ai tana tango i tenei tu mea; a, e mea ana matou he nui ano pea nga tikanga pai o taua rangatira, kua whakapurangatia ki nga hinengaro o nga Iwi Maori.

E taitamariki ana matou, e kuare ana hoki, otira, e tumanako ana ki nga tini hoa ka whaka- uru mai; a, ki te mea, ka tika ta matou e kiia atu nei,—te whakahoa mai o te tini,-—heaha ano te tino ahuareka ai tenei nupepa ki nga tangata Maori katoa; he aha ano te waiho hei whakaako tika i a ratou.

Tena pea e tukua mai nga pukapuka ki o matou wharangi, e nga tangata katoa e aroha ana ki nga Maori; a, no te mea, kahore i ata tuturu he tikanga mo tenei mahi a matou, kahore ano hoki i ata whakaritea ki nga ara e haere ai ma- tou,—ki te mea, ka tuku kupu mai nga hoa, ka waiho hei whakapai mo matou. E mea ana ano hoki matou, me tuku mai nga tangata i a ratou pukapuka, i roto i tenei takiwa, i tenei takiwa.

Ekore e ahei te whakamutu noa i konei te ko- rero hapai mo tenei nupepa, engari, me whaka- puaki a matou whakawhetainga ki nga hoa pai, na ratou tenei aroha, i ahua pai ai te Karere Ma- ori i tenei tukunga atu ki nga kainga o te ao;

a, e mea ana matou ko nga whakapainga tua he a matou, ka whakanuia e nga hapu katoa o Niu Tireni.

TE AHI WHAKAMATAKU NEI.

[No te "Whetu o te Tonga.")

I te pahuretanga o te iwa o nga haora i te po o te Ratapu, oho whakarere nga tangata o Aka- rana ki te karangarangatanga, ka wera. Kokiri