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THE RECORDER

NO. 2. ]________AUCKLAND, JANUARY, 1862. _______[VoL. 1.

SINCE the publication of the Recorder many changes have taken place

in the religious, social, and political circles of the country, but the

more important events, which particularly interest the public, are the

appointment of Sir George Grey to the Governorship of New Zealand,

and the establishment and consolidation of the Fox ministry.

The weighty question of the day is, we presume, the native diffi-

culty, and no ordinary amount of labour,, honesty of purpose, and

persevering patience, will be required to disentangle our complicated

relations with the native tribes. IT were easy "to impose laws upon

them, to give them piles of statutes'" forgetting, or seeming to forget,

. that " the Maories are men of like passions and feeling's, and to be

acted on by the same motives as ourselves. " Some there are, indeed,

who profess " to see in the dark skins of the natives a warrant for

dealing with them on principles different altogether from those on

which we should deal with each other " but we trust that a theory so

repugnant to the best tellings of our nature, is held by comparatively

few.

The aspect of native affairs has been sufficiently gloomy to create

uneasiness, and though the portentous cloud still lingers in the

horizon, we are warranted in believing that the local self government

about to be accorded to the native people will restore confidence¬ówill

be the means of rekindling that kindly interchange of sentiment which

long existed between the races¬ówill give back to us the peaceful and

sunny skies we were wont to enjoy.