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Proceedings of of the Kohimarama Conference, Comprising Nos. 13 to 18 of the "Maori Messenger."

Reply from Ngapuhi. No. 1

page 8

Reply from Ngapuhi. No. 1.

Sir, the Governor,—

This is in answer to that word of yours, where you say, let evil thoughts be made known to you. Hearken! We have nothing to tell you. The only bad thing that takes place at the present time, is, the Pakehas without provocation striking the Maories with their fists, and the Maories striking the Pakehas. But this is no great matter. The Maori King is a bad affair as it seeks to do away with [put down] the Queen's sovereignty. No, a large house cannot be contained in a Maori house. The Pakeha's house is a large house. Friend, the Governor,—Hearken! "When I was a child I thought as a child, but now that I am a man, I have put away childish things." This is all I have to say to you.

(A song.)
My heart is filled with love.
Spirit of the Queen,
Thou'rt separate from me.
Whose is the fleet that yonder sails?
'Tis thine, O Kuhu!
Return—remain quietly
On shore at Maketu.
(Shipwrecked) we sit here, upon a rock,
And in spirit are with you.
Alas! our canoe,
Deck'd with white feathers
Of Albatrosses from the sea
That you might be admired!
Go North to Hauraki!
To be admired
Of all the Ngatimarus.
Alas! thour't stranded
On Auckland shore.

From Wiremu Tete,
(Native Assessor,)
of Waikare, Bay of Islands.

To the Governor.