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THE MAORI MESSENGER.

TE KAKERE MAORI.

VOL. VII.] AUCKLAND, DECEMBER 51, 1860.—AKARANA, TIHEMA 31. 1860. [No. 20.

THE CLOSING YEAR.

WE have arrived. at the close of another year! The days and weeks and months of 1860 have passed away, never to be recalled. Thus time rolls on, and every anniversary finds us one year older, and one year nearer to the grave! It is profit- table on occasions like this to look

hack and ask ourselves, " How has the time been spent? Has the year brought blessings or has it been marked with adversity?—have

Its advantages been improved or have they been neglected?—have we advanced in circumstances and condition since we bade farewell to 1859, or have we remained at a stand-still? Thus, by a candid retrospect, may we reap experience from the past to serve as lessons for the future.

Let each Maori take thought to- day and ask himself, "What is my present condition compared with what it was twelve months, ago, when the Messenger called on me

TE TAU KA MUTU NEI.

KUA tae mai tatou ki te mutunga o tetahi atu tau! Pahure atu nga ra, nga wiki, nga marama o 1860, e kore rawa e hoki mai! He penei tonu, taka hae re, taka haere te taima, huri mai te tau, waiho iho ana hei tau whakakaumatua i a tatou, hei wha- katatanga hoki ki te urupa. Ko te mea tika tenei, a nga takiwa penei, kia anga whakamuri te mahara, me te patai iho Id a tatou ano—" Kua peheatia tenei taima ka pahure nei? He pai nga tukunga iho o tenei tau, he kino ranei? Kua whakatupuria, nuitia ana hua, kua ahannoatia ranei? Kua tupu haere ranei i muri i a tatou ka poroporoaki ki te tau 1859, ko taua tu ano ranei inaianei? Ma te penei hoki, ma te ata whakaaro ma- rire, ka kitea ai nga he me nga tika

o muri, hei tohu, hei tauira mo nga takiwa e takoto mai aua ki mua.

Me rapu te whakaaro o te tangata Maori i tenei ra, me patai iho ki aia ano,—"E , pehea atu ana ranei toku tu inaianei i to tera tau, i te wahi i karanga mai ai te Karere Rere,