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THE MAORI MESSENGER.

TE KAREKE MAORI.

No. 5. AUCKLAND, JUNE 1, 18.55. AKARANA. HUNE 1, 1855. [VOL. I.

THE great war into which Europe has been plunged by the ambitious aggression of Russia has, as yet, been but incidentally aluded to in these pages. As, however, the contest threatens to be one of some continuance, and as nation after nation, of the great, European family, is being drawn to take part in the conflict, we consider it desirable to furnish our native readers with a brief narrative of the origin and progress of the war.

Until within a comparatively recent period, Russia was but a barbarous and inferior power, without a sea coast and without ships. About two hundred years since, one of her monarchs called Peter the Great, a man of much ambition and talent, proceeded to Holland and England. There he laboured, like a mechanic, in the" dock yards, until he acquired a knowledge of the art of ship building, and then returned to his own Coun- try, where he immediately built ships and placed them on his; u'and s^is, lakes, anJ. rivors. In addition to this, he aff^Jod everv cnc'vJragcTn-;nt to the arts and sciences inviting m°n of ability, trorn every country to take servicc in Rahia. Undcr the powerfal iud-ice;nents of place-, proti t and honour, men of learning and genius were at- tracted to Russia, whose commzrce ros'3 anaoa whose diminutive sa!ps grew into a respectable navy, and whose ill disciplined arm!cs were taught to encounter sacce'sfiilly with one of the "•rca,t'cst warriors of the ago.

The warrior, to whom we thus allude, was called Gharles the Twelfth, King of Sweeilen. This monarch and Peter were mortal tons. At first, Charles was invanahi y the conqueror ; but. in the ena, Pefcor trlumpho»! over his cncmv, an'"l reduced SwcGden to an infcrior position. Since the time of Peter »he G reat, it has been the aim of Russia to force her wcaker neighbours into war,Jmd only to grant tl-ie"n. peace after they have

; YI NO i at:i tuhia nga, korero o te whainga nui e 'igmgarc tiu mai nei i Oropi; he whakaputa no lA'ih"-;i, ha whakaeke he ki etahi kainga, na reina ta wliawlia,'i '191 k:i nui. E meinga ana ka roa pea ^ wilting i nei ; a ka uru ngi iwi katoa o Oropi, na k •noi matou i ino;i ai, kia korcrotia te take;

kia rongo ai o matou lioa ^laori.

No naia,n;ei tata ano a Ruhia i meinga ai he ti- kanga Iwi, huna atu, he iwi kihai i tikanga Pake- ha; k;ihore lioki ona taha taha moana; he iwi noho tai whenua, k-ihore ona kaipuke.

I;n ua ta'a noi ano, am crua Rau tau, to ratou kingi «ko " Pita te Nui" i hacre aia ki Horo-

na, a t;iaata ana ki Ingaragi; he kingi whakai!, 3t'ira ho tuigata m »hia. Ka mahi aia i reira, ka :ik3,*kia m-itau i aia, te hanga Kalpika, ano ka m itau, ka Inki an") ki t.ana kainga ; k;i timata tana hangi K-ii puke, hei rercr^ i oni Mona tua whenua. Muireira k:i atawhatiA eia nga tangata mohio ; kia hui m:u ki ton;i whenua hei ako i •an;i \v ', na^oiici, ka, kake hakre te taonga o Ru- 'u;i; nako'ioi ana Hoia ka maia te whawhai i ta Toa o te Ao.

Te Toa o meinga nei, ko Kingi " Hare te Te- kaumarua" Kingi o Witana ; he hunga maualiara i Pita raia ko Hare, ite timatanga o tara'aa wha- whai ia Hare te Papa, ano te roanga o taraua whainga ka riro ia Pita te Papa, a ta- ngohia ana eia te tahi wahi o te whenua o IIara. No ngi ra o Pita a molioa nei; he pakani tonu ta Ruhia mahi ki nga iwi tu tataki» ratou; ano ka whawhai; ka tangohia e Rahia te- tahi wahi whenua hei utu Ikia mau ai to rongo. ao te mea tcnrl i nui hacre a"i a Ruhia, i mua he iwi tuawhenua, na koahi ka whakanui haerc TU- t r,i, i nga rohe o fc) ratou Whenua e noho nei;

ki. te Hauraro ko te Paratika, ki te Hauauru mi Tonga ko t.e " Moana Mangi" a tae noa ki te Moana Nui.

Ko nga Manu wao o Ruhia, kua tata te rite ai