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
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 confidencewill
be the means of rekindling that kindly interchange of sentiment which
long existed between the raceswill give back to us the peaceful and
sunny skies we were wont to enjoy.