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TE WAKA MAORI O NIU TIRANI.

Ko MERE HIHI. I mate ki Te Papatupu Manganuiateao, Whanganui, i te 23 o nga ra o Akuhata, 1875. Tokorua ana kotiro i mahue ki te ao nei ; ko Hinepare, ko Mere Tiria. He tangi tonu te mahi a aua kotiro, kaore hoki raua e pai kia whakamariretia raua.

HEMA KAIAIA, he wahine no Ngaitahu. I mate ki Purakau- nui, Waikouaiti, i te 8 o nga ra o Akuhata, 1875. Ona tau e 75.

Ko APORO IHAIA TE AHU, te tama kotahi a Te Rev. Ihaia Te Ahu, o Maketu, Pei-o-Pureti. I mate ki Po Neke, i te 29 o nga ra o Akuhata, 1875. Ona tau 10.

TE UTU MO TE WAKA.

Ko te utu mo te Waka Maori i te tau ka te 10s., he mea utu ki mua. Ka tukuna atu i te meera ki te tangata e Mahia ana me ka tukua mai e ia aua moni ki te Kai Tuhi ki Po Neke nei.

PO NEKE, TUREI, HEPETEMA 21, 1875.

NGA KITEA MAOEI.

(He roanga no tera Waka.)

Ko te korero e tirohia e matou inaianei ko ta Te Wana Tama, Kai-Whakawa, o Hokianga, i tuhia i te 7 o nga ra o Hanuere, 1875, E korero ana a ia mo nga Kura Maori e rima o tona takiwa, ka mea :—

E rua o aua kura, ko to Pakia ko to Rakau Para, katahi ano ka whakaturia, ara i te koata kua taha nei, no reira e kore au e mohio ki te korero i te matauranga o nga tamariki o aua kura; he tane he wahine nga kaiwhakaako o tetahi o tetahi o aua kura. I kite au i aku taenga katoatanga ki aua kura, e tika tonu ana te whakahaere o te mahi.

Kei Pakia e 41 te tuturutanga o te nui o nga tamariki e kura ana, takiono tae ki te tekau ma whitu o ratou tau; kei tenei tau e haere nei te nui ake ai pea nga tamariki o taua kura. Kei Rakau Para a 50 nga tamariki, tatakiono tae ki te tekau ma whitu o ratou tau. Tetahi, i runga i te tono a nga Maori, kua whakaturia e Te Haritini tetahi kura hei ako i nga tangata matua i te po. He tokomaha nga tangata e haere ana ki taua kura ako ai; ta ratou utu ki a Te Haritini, kotahi hereni a ia tangata a ia tangata i roto i te wiki kotahi.

Ko Hori Karaka Tawhiti, te Tieamana o te Komiti o taua Kura, i ki mai ki au he tika kia hangaa te kura kia nui ake, no te mea, ki tana whakaaro, tera e tae ki te 80 nga tamariki i tenei whakatuwheratanga o te kura a muri ake nei.

I te marama o Oketopa kua taha nei i tae au ki te kura o Waima i te pataitanga o nga tamariki; e 60 nga tamariki i tae mai i taua ra. Kai te neke haere to ratou mohio ki te korero pukapuka, ki te tuhituhi, ki te whakahua i nga reta i roto i nga kupu, ki te reo Pakeha hoki. I tukua ano etahi taonga ki nga mea mohio o nga tamariki hei whakakaha i a ratou; ko te utu i whakaritea mo te matauranga ki te reo Pakeha me te tuhituhi i te reo Pakeha i riro i a Kereama Tawhai, mokopuna a Mohi Tawhai. Kua maha aku taenga ki tenei kura i te hawhe tau kua hori nei, a e kite ana au i a te Mua, te kai-whakaako, e u tonu ana ki tana mahi, e wha- kahaere tika tonu ana i tana mahi, e ma tonu ana (ara, e paru-kore ana) nga tamariki me te rumu o te kura; hei tika mona ia, mo te kai-whakaako, hei rongo tika mo taua takiwa katoa hoki. Te tuturu- tanga o nga tamariki i taua kura i te koata kua taha nei, e 40.

I pataitia e au nga tamariki o te Kura ki Whiri- naki i te 16 o nga ra o Tihema. E 41 aua tamariki i taua ra. I kite au i reira e pai ana te mahi a nga tamariki, e matau haere ana ; te 18 nga tamariki o te aroakapa tuatahi, i mohio katoa ratou ki te korero

MEKE HIHI, at Te Papatupu Mauganuiateao, Whanganui on the 23rd day of August, 1875. She leaves two daughters, Hinepare and Mere Tina, who mourn continually for their loss, refusing to be comforted.

HEMA KAIAIA, a Ngaitahu woman, at Purakaunui, Waikou- aiti, on the 8th of August, 1875, aged 75 years.

APORO IHAIA TE AHU, only son of the Rev. Ihaia Te Ahu, of Maketu, Bay of Plenty, at Wellington, on the 29th of August, 1875, aged 10 years.

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THE WAKA MAORI.

WELLINGTON, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1875.

NATIVE SCHOOLS.

(Continued from our last.)

THE next report we shall notice is that of Mr. S. Von Stunner, R.M., of Hokianga, of date 7th January, 1875. This gentleman, speaking of the five Native schools in his district, says :—

Two of them, viz:, those of Pakia and Rakau Para, having only been opened during the past quarter, I can make no report as to the progress of the pupils;

in each case they are presided over by a master and mistress. On every occasion that I have visited these schools I have found them properly conducted.

At Pakia the attendance since the commencement has averaged 41, of all ages from six to seventeen years, and the numbers are likely to be more nume- rous during the present year. At Rakau Para the attendance has been 50, between the ages of six and seventeen years : in addition to this, Mr. Harrison, the teacher of this school, has, at the request of the Natives, opened a night school for the instruction of adults, which has been well attended, each pupil pay- ing Mr. Harrison one shilling per week,

Hori Karaka Tawhiti, the Chairman of School Com- mittee, informs me that he believes it will be neces- sary to enlarge the schoolroom, as at the re-opening of the school he anticipates an attendance of upwards of 80 children

In October last I attended an examination of the school children at Waima, when upwards of 60 pupils were in attendance, and the progress made by them in reading, writing and spelling, and the English language, was most marked. Several small prizes were given to the more advanced pupils, the prize for speaking and writing English being awarded to Kere- ama Tawhai, grandson of Mohi Tawhai. I have visited this school several times during the half-year last past, and have always found Mr. Moore, the teacher, at his post, doing his duty in a most efficient manner, his pupils and schoolroom neat and clean, a credit to himself and the district. The attendance for the past quarter at this school has averaged 40.

I examined the children at the Whirinaki school on the 16th December. There were 41 in attendance. I found the progress made to be most satisfactory;

the first class, containing about 18 pupils, being able to read, speak, and write easy sentences of English