Volume 6, No. 22
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THE MAORI MESSENGER, TE KARERE MAORI. VOL. VI.] AUCKLAND, OCTOBER 31, 1859. AKARANA, OKETOPA 51, 1859. [No. 22. MAKUTU IN THE BAY OF ISLANDS. IT is with sincere regret that we have to record an occurrence at the Bay of Islands, which proves that, among the natives of that district, the roots of old Maori superstition remain and are still capable of producing sad fruits. On the 2nd of August, Wikiriwhi Te Ohu, a nephew of the well-known chief Kawiti, died at Te Kawa Kawa, after a short illness. The disease which caused his death is well known to medical men among the Pakehas, one of whom, we understand, visited the deceased during his sickness and ascertained its nature. Wikiriwhi's relatives, however— and among them Marsh Brown Kawiti, a Native Assessor conceived the belief that he was the victim of makutu, and had been bewitched by a man who had acquired the evil reputation of a " tangata makutu." Marsh himself was also suffering from illness, which he ascribed to the same evil influence. TE MAHI MAKUTU KI PEWHAIRANGI He korero whakapouri ta matou ka kore- ro atu nei i konei, he meatanga ia na tetahi iwi o raro o Pewhairangi. Te mea i pouri ai, koia tenei; ka ai te korero nei hei tohu mo te mau o nga pakiaka o te Ritenga-maori i taua wahi; tupu ake ana hoki aua pakiaka, whai hua ana, he hua kino noa atu. No te 2 o nga ra o Akuhata ka moe a Te Wikiriwhi Te Ohu, iramutu o taua ranga- tira ingoa nui o Kawiti. I mate ia ki Te Kawakawa. Ehia ake nei nga ra e oke ana, ka hemo. Ko tona male he mate maori ano; e mohiotia ana taua mate e nga rata pakeha. I tae ano tetahi kia kite i a ia i te mea e era ana ano, na, kitea ana e taua rata, ko ia ano ko taua mate. Aianei, pokaia noatia e te whakaaro onga whanaunga, he makutu te take. Ko Maihi Paraone Kawiti hoki tetahi i whakaae ki tenei kupu. Ko te Kai-whakarite Maori o reira ko ia ko Maihi. Na, meatia ana e ratou, na tetahi tangata i makutu. Ko taua tangata no ratou ano, he tangata ingoa kino, i kiia hoki he ta- ngata makutu ia. Ko Maihi, i te mate hoki, a meinga ana, na taua tangata makutu ano, Ko te korero i rongo ai matou e mea ana,