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

Reply from Ngarauru

Reply from Ngarauru.

Kohimarama, July 16, 1860.

Friend, the Governor,—

Salutation to you! Hearken now to my words! I will not participate in the misdoings of other people. But should another do that which is right, I will take part in that good work. If it be evil, neither I nor my tribe will have anything page 34 thing to do with it. My people said to me, "Go, seek that which is good from the Governor, that you may hear the correctness or otherwise of the reports which have come to us. If you see anything good, bring it as a treasure for us all." Friend, the Governor,—Let kindness appear towards me and my people, as well as to my Pakehas. Let a letter be written by you to [Major] Durie and [Colonel] Wyatt, that they may be kind to me and to my people. Let a letter also come from you to us during each year and month to encourage us.

This is also another of my words: I do not like the schemes which are being devised by some: rather do I prefer those works which have been appointed by God and the Queen, to carry them out all the days of my life.

Friend, the Governor,—This is also another word of mine. Let the restrictions on the sale of powder and shot be removed, that we, the people who belong to the Government, may buy. In the case of those who are disafected to the Government, the restrictions should remain in force.

Friend, the Governor, confirm this word of mine to you. This is all I have to say to you. From me,

From Pehimana Manakore, of

Waitorara, Pakaraka.