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THE MAORI MESSENGER.

TE KARERE MAORI.

VOL. V.] AUCKLAND, AUGUST 51, 1858. AKARANA, AKUHATA 31, 1858. [No. 14.

THE EVILS OF DEBT DEFERRED. 1.

There is a subject which concerns our Na- tive readers respecting which, both on their own account and that of their European friends and brothers, we think a few obser- vations are called for from us;—that subject is the proneness of the Natives to incur debt to the European merchant and store-keeper and the great want of punctuality in dischar- ging such debts. Frequent complaints have for some time reached us on this head, and we have been requested to point out, in as brief and simple manner as we can, the many and serious injuries that result to merchants and traders from this failure on the part of the natives to meet their obligations with beneficial punctuality.

We are well aware that the natives when they contract a debt not only intend to pay, but do ultimately pay it; but that is not the question Timely payment, such as one Eu- ropean is compelled to make to another— such, too, as one commercial nation is under

KO NGA HE O TE NAMA WAIHO ROA.

Kotahi tenei take korero e mea nei matou kia puta i konei etahi kupu ma matou mo taua mea. He korero nui ia, he tikanga ki runga ki nga Pakeha kinga Maori ano hoki. Ko nga tikanga o te nama ka whakaatuatu- rina atu nei. He whai tonu na te Maori ki te nama i nga taonga o nga Pakeha kai-hoko, a he whakaroa na ratou ki te whakarite i ana nama. He tini nga kupu whakahe i tenei tikanga he, kua puta mai ki a matou;

meatia mai ana hoki kia whakaaturina ma- riretia atu e matou ki nga tangata Maori nga he o tenei mea, kia whakakitea atu ki a ra - tou nga tino kino me nga raru e tau ana ki nga kai-hoko Pakeha, na taua take, na te whakaroa a nga tangata Maori ki te whaka - rite tika i a ratou nama.

E mohio ana matou, kahore o te Maori whakaaro ki te nuka, i tana namanga i nga taonga a te Pakeha, kei te mea ano tona nga- kau ki te whakarite tika i aua mea a etahi rangi atu, a, utua ana ano e ia: tona mutunga, ka utu ano. Haunga tenei, ko te kakawe roa ta matou e mea atu nei, engari kia pena ano tana whakarite nama me ta te Pakeha whakarite nama ki a ia wha- kapakeha, na, ka tika; na taua tikanga ho- horo ki te whakarite i tika ai te mahi