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TE WAKA MAORI O NIU TIRANI

____Te Waka Maori

NEPIA, HATAREI, HEPETEMA 20, 1879*

HE tino tohu te pootitanga o Henare Tomoana e

mohiotia ai kai te kore rawa nga iwi nui o te Takiwa

Rawhiti e whakapono ki tenei Kawanatanga—ara ki

a Ta Hori Kerei rawa ano raua ko te Hihana. I te

matenga o Karaitiana Takamoana katahi ka tukua a

Tomoana ki te Paremete; te take i tukua ai he mea

kia pooti whakahe ia ki a Kerei rana ko te Hihana

i nga wehenga katoa i roto i te Whare. I matua tohe

hoki nga iwi kia whakaae ia ki tena, muri iho ka wha-

katuria ia hei mema mo ratou ki te Paremete. Koia i

uru ai ia ki roto ki the hunga turaki i te Kawanatanga

i te pootitanga turaki i a ratou i mua ai ra. No te paka-

rutanga o te Paremete ka hoki mai ia, a whakawhetai

ana nga tangata ki a ia mo tana mahi, kiia ana kia

tautoko tonu ratou i a ia. Na, i tenei pootitanga i

muri nei, i kii nui ia i te ra e whiti ana, he tangata

tino turaki ia i a Kerei raua ko Hihana, no kona ia

ka tono kia homai ki a ia nga pooti a nga tangata

Maori. Kaore rawa he pohehetanga. I panuitia e

matou i roto i te WAKA kia rongo ai nga iwi he

tangata tino turaki ia i te Kawanatanga, i tonoa hoki

e matou kia homai nga pooti ki a ia i runga i tena

taha, a e mohio rawa ana matou me he mea he tangata

tautoko ia i te Kawanatanga kua kore ia e tu. Ko

Henare Matua, te tangata a te Kawanatanga, i tau-

tokona e nga apiha a te Kawanatanga i nga kainga

katoa o te takiwa tera hoki to ratou ara te takoto

marire ua i kaha ai ratou i raro i te mana o tenei tu

Kawanatanga—i kaha rawa hoki a ana komiti ki te

mahi kia tu ia, a ki ta matou whakaaro kihai rawai

kuare te Hihana ki nga mahi ngaro i mahia e aua

komiti. Inahoki, e mohio ana matou i te tuhituhi

korero te komiti a Henare Matua i konei ki tetahi

apiha a te Kawanatanga kia tukua atu he korero

whakaatu i a ratou mahi ki a te Hihana. He korero

pakiwaha tonu te mahi a te Hihana ki te nui o tona

mana ki runga ki nga Maori o tenei takiwa; otira ko

te tangata i tu mai i tenei wahi hei mema tautoko i a

te Hihana i mate rawa, ahakoa te mahi awhina a te

Kawanatanga i a ia; tena ko te tangata i tu mai hei

mema turaki rawa i a te Hihana i whakaturia

rawatia e nga iwi hei mema ! He aha koia te take

i penei ai ? Tena ranei tenei Kawanatanga atawhai

nui e whakaputa i to ratou aroha ki a Henare

Matua mo a ana rawa i pau i te pootitanga ?

Tera tetahi hunga Pakeha e tino kuare ana ki te

ngakau Maori, me te whakaaro o nga Maori, me nga

tikanga Maori katoa atu, otira ko taua hunga marire

e whakapai ana ki a te Hihana hei Minita Maori,

e whakaaro ana he tangata whai mana nui ia ki te

iwi Maori. I pera ai ta ratou - whakaaro na nga

korero pakiwaha, rupahu noa, a te Hihana ake ano—

ehara rawa i te mea he mahi pai i pahure i a ia i a

ana whakahaeretanga i nga tikanga Maori. Kaore

rawa matou e kite ana i tetahi mea i oti i a ia. Ka

pa ia ki nga Maori korero ai he hane tona tikanga,

he whakama, he kuaretanga—ko te ahua tonu tena.

____Te Waka Maori. ____

NAPIER, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 1879.

THE election of Henare Tomoana for the Eastern

Maori Electoral District is proof positive that the

great and powerful tribes inhabiting that extensive

district have no confidence in the present Govern-

ment more especially in Sir George Grey and Mr

Sheehan. After the decease of Karaitiana Takamo-

ana, the late member, Tomoana was sent to Parlia-

ment for the express purpose of voting against Grey

and Sheehan, and a pledge was exacted from him

that ne would do so on all occasions—consequently,

he voted with the Opposition in the the no-con-

fidence motion. After the dissolution he received

the thanks of a large number of his constituents (i. e.

those who had an opportunity of seeing him) for the

course which he had pursued, and an assurance of

their continued support. Again, at the late election

he openly declared himself a determined opponent

of Grey and Sheehan, and on that ground he claimed

the suffrages of the Maori people. There was no

mistake about the matter. ' The WAKA put forward

his claims as the Opposition candidate and urged the

people to vote for him as such and we are morally

certain that he would not have been returned if he

had come forward in the interest of the Grey Govern-

ment. The Government candidate, Henare Matua,

had the influence of Government officers in his favor

throughout the district—an influence which they

know so well how to use under the present regime

—his committees were extremely active and untir-

ing in their exertions to secure his return, and,

to put it mildly, we have reason to believe that the

Native Minister himself was not ignorant of the

devices being used. At all events, we know that

Henare Matua's committee here were in communica-

tion with a certain Government officer for the avowed

purpose of having information conveyed to Mr. Shee-

han of their proceedings. Mr. Sheehan has fre-

quently boasted of his great influence with the

Maories of this district; yet the candidate who comes

forward as his acknowledged supporter sustains a

crushing defeat, notwithstanding Government sup-

port, while the candidate who declared himself Mr,

Sheehan's uncompromising opponent is returned by

a large majority ! By the way, we wonder whether a

" claim for consideration " will be entertained in

Henare Matua's case.

There is a certain class of persons, totally ignorant

of the Native character and the Native mind and

feeling on any subject, political or otherwise, who

are unreasoning admirers of Mr. Sheehan as Native

Minister, believing that he wields an all-powerful

influence over the Native people. Now, this impres-

sion could only have been produced by his own

empty and self-confident assertions—certainly not

from anything that he has achieved in his negotia--

tions with the Natives. We fail to see that he has

been successful in any one instance. Wherever he

has come in contact with the Natives he has had to