| TE WANANGA.
The Te Wananga.
Published every Saturday.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 187G.
THE Parliamentary news to hand are exciting. The
Opposition have succeeded in compelling two of the
new Ministers to retire, viz.. Hall and Ormond, and
it has been necessary to pass a Bill of Indemnity to
save the whole of the Ministry from the penalties
which they had incurred through a broach of the law.
This Bill has not been passed without much, and angry
discussion, but the desire of getting on with the busi
ness of the session, and getting back to their homes,
has no doubt induced many members to support the
Bill. The Opposition, led by Sir George Grey, remain
a compact and formidable body, ready to give battle
on every measure the Government bring forward, and
compelling them more and more to pursue a policy
different from that of the corrupt and extravagant
We hear no more of the iniquitous Native Land
Bill which the Native Minister (Sir D. M'Lean) in-
troduced, and to which, we referred in a former issue.
Thanks to Sir George Grey and his followers that at-
tempt at further spoliation of the Native has signally
As will be seen from our summary of news, several
petitions have been presented regarding Native land
transactions in Hawke's Bay. which will, no doubt,
lead to a searching enquiry into certain matters having
a most important bearing on Native interests. The
evidence about to be laid before Parliament will add
another dark chapter to the history of the Native
office, that baneful department of the public service,
which, under the pretence of especially watching over
Native interests, has, by its insidious and selfish policy,
alike degrading to the Government, and demoralising
to the Maori people, been the author of so many evils
to both races.
The great "Taniwha" Sir Donald McLean, has
contrived during many years to hoodwink not only the
Parliament, but the Queen's Representatives. who
have succeeded Sir George Grey as Governors of New
Zealand. Ue is now played out, however, and is
being mercilessly stripped of his Jackdaw feathers.
and all his false pretensions as a wise and sagacious
ruler in Native affairs. The great secret of his tem-
porary power and influence was simply his extrava-
gant and boundless expenditure of public money. No
sooner did the golden stream cease to flow with un-
stinted current from the public Treasury into his
money bags, to be then dispersed at his pleasure, than
the whole fabric of his power has fallen to the ground.
The mau and his whole system has been found to be
a monstrous sham and imposture. His nominal con-
tinuance in the Government for a few months longer
is only a quiet way of letting him go away without
the disgrace of absolute dismissal. This would have
been the fitting termination of a career which has been
one of selfish personal ambition and aggrandizement at
the expense of the best interests of both the Natives
find Europeans, For many years to come, the seeds