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THE MAORI MESSENGER. TE KARERE MAORI. VOL. VII.] AUCKLAND, FEBRUARY 15, I860.—AKARANA, PEPUERE 15, 1860. [No. 3. WE have often called the attention of our Maori readers to the many evils resulting from their present mode of life, and endeavoured to point out the advantages that would accrue to them by the adoption of European habits and customs. And we would hope that our appeals have not been altogether in vain. Some of our readers have we trust been induced to adopt our suggestions and are now realizing the benefits they involve. But, alas I the bulk of our Maori friends are the same now as they were years ago! They take up the " Messenger," read our advice, and give it their full assent, but instead of acting up to it they return to their old Maori ways "like the dog to his vomit and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." They profess an anxiety to rise in the scale of civilization, and to obtain a name among the nations of the earth; and yet, instead of seeking out the path that shall lead them to wisdom, happiness, and wealth, they waste their time over idle quarrels and foolish talk,—such for instance as the "Maori, King." They follow the example of the foolish little frogs in the old fable, who held their runanga in a pond to consult to- gether about having a King, nor would be Kua maha nga whakaaturanga i whakaatu ai matou ki nga hoa Maori i nga tini he e tuputupu ake ana i roto i te noho maori, me te ata korero hoki i nga ahuarekatanga mona ana whai ratou i nga tikanga o te pakeha. Heoi, tenei te whai hua ano pea a matou korero. Tena ano pea etahi e kite ana i te nupepa nei kua whakatupu whakaaro i aua korero, a e whiwhi nei i ona pai. Tena ko te nuinga, aue! ko taua tu maori ano o namata. Ka tango ratou i te" Karere," ka rapu mari re ki nga korero, whakaae noa mai—te whakaputa hua, hoki kau atu ki tana tu maori, "pena me te kuri ka hoki ki tona ruaki me te poaka i horoia ki tana titakata- kanga ki te paru." Rere, he tohe a-ngutu ta ratou kia nui haere, kia whakatupu ingoa i roto i nga iwi o te ao—tera ke, te kimi ratou i te ara e whiwhi pono ai ratou ki te pai, ki te ma- tauranga, ki te whai rawa—tahuri ke ana ki te whakamaumau taima i nga tautohetohe hanga noa iho, i nga korero whakaaro kore nei—pena hoki me taua korero whakatu ''Kingi Maori." Koia koa, ka whai i te ti- kanga o tetahi korero tara a te pakeha. Koia ra tenei kia korerotia. Tena ano tetahi hunga inanga—hunga whakaaro kore—kei