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

Reply from Ngatimahanga

page 23

Reply from Ngatimahanga.

Whanganui, [i.e., Kohimarama,] July, 1860.

Friend, the Governor,—

Salutations to you! Chiefs who dispense love to all nations—Salutations to you all! These are my thoughts which I have made known to all the tribes in the South and in the North, concerning the sin of those people who are seeking evil. I now say to you: Hold fast the word of our friend, Potatau. Hold fast kindness. Wherefore I say, be strong to suppress evil among the people, that every tribe may rejoice, and that the words of the Scriptures may be fulfilled, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." This also is one of my thoughts. The oyster cleaves to the rock in the midst of the sea: though it be dashed by the waves it does not fall off. By the rock is meant the Queen, and by the oyster the people of Whaingaroa and Aotea. Enough.

From Te Waka Te Ruki.
To the Governor, and to Messrs. McLean and Smith.