[Proceedings of some conferences held by Te Aute College Students' Association, 1897-1901, 1906]
That this Conference is of opinion that the time has come for extending the Constitution of the Association so as to incorporate all elements that will tend to co-operate for the welfare of the Maori race; that a sub-Committee consisting of the Revs. Chatterton and Bennett and Messrs. Thornton, A. T. Ngata, Tomoana, and the mover, be appointed with power to add to their number to draft an amended and extended constitution to report to Conference at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Moved by Mr. Thornton and seconded by Terei Ngatai,—
That the Hon. Secretary move that a sub-Committee be set up consisting of the Revs. Chatterton and Bennett, Messrs. Ngata, M.H.R., Friday Tomoana, Ngatai, and the mover to report on the "Pipiwharauroa," and to submit replies to the subjected issues, viz.:—
|Is the paper popular or not? If not, why not?
|Does it effectually promote the interests of the Association of which it is the recognised organ?
|What measures, if any, should be adopted to increase its popularity and efficiency?
Such report to be submitted to the present session of Conference
Moved by Ellison and seconded by Rongo,—
That it be a request to the Government to appoint nurses in different localities who shall instruct Maori women in the preparation of food for infants and invalids, sanitary matters, and other matters affecting the health of the Maori.
That in consequence of the inevitable tendency to replace the ancient picturesque Maori whare by a type of building that has no pretensions to picturesqueness, thereby losing one of the interesting features of old Maori architecture, this Conference propose that a committee be formed for the purpose of considering and devising some type of inexpensive house which shall, while meeting modern requirements, also have regard to artistic taste.
That such committee consist of Mr. A. T. Ngata, M.H.R., Dr. Pomare, and Messrs. Hamilton and F. J. De Clere (both of Wellington, if willing to act), with power to add to their number, Mr. A. T. Ngata to be convener.
That when a satisfactory plan (or plans) has been arrived at, steps be taken to make all particulars concerning it widely known among the Maori people.
Moved by Mr. Long and seconded by H. Wepiha,—
That the resolution passed in connection with the need for the Maori Literature be referred to the Committee set up in connection with the "Pipiwharauroa."
Moved by A. T. Ngata and seconded by Wi Paraire,—
That the question of the basis of the Association being of such importance to its future usefulness. this Conference proposes that the Committee set up at this session be asked to complete their labours as soon as possible and print and circulate the proposed new Constitution so that it may be presented at the next Conference.
Moved by A. T. Ngata and seconded by Wi Paraire,—
That the Hon, Secretary be instructed to request the Hon. the Native Minister to cause phonographic records to be taken of old Maori songs and chants, and samples of Maori oratory by various Maori chiefs, and the expense to be met out of the Native Civil List Vote.
Moved by Ngata and seconded by Terei Ngatai,-
That all arrangements in connection with tho general meeting of this Association be left to the General Committee to decide where the next meeting will be held.
Moved by Mr. J. Thornton and seconded by the Rev. Bennett,-
That this Conference is strongly of opinion that the Local Option Vote should be extended to the Maori population of New Zealand.
Moved by Pine Tamahori and seconded by Te Wheoro,—
That this Conference be requested to make inquiries as to those parts of the colony where Te Aute students are numerous, and take such steps as are deemed advisable for the purpose of creating branches of this Association.
Moved by Anaha Te Rahui and seconded by Pirika Miroi,—
That in the opinion of this Conference, an institution in which the arts of Maori architecture could be taught to our young people, should be established. By this means only, can we preserve these works of art.
That the proposed school for Maori carving be established under the supervision of the Association, and that the Government be approached for a grant-in-aid.
Moved by the Rev. Chatterton and seconded by the Rev. Bennett,—
That this Conference, realising that the future welfare of the Maoris depended largely upon their being able to work their lands in a remunerative way, is strongly convinced that the time has come when an experimental farm, or farms, should be established for the purpose of giving Maori youths page 41practical and scientific instruction in farming, fruit-growing and other things as can be combined with these.
Moved by J. Thornton and seconded by the Rev. Bennett,—
That the grievances of the Rotorua Maoris in reference to the loss of their lake food supply be laid before the proper authorities by the Secretary and relief solicited.
Moved by the Rev. Chatterton and seconded by Wepiha,—
That considering the evil of gambling is widespread among the Maori people and is encouraged by the legalising of the totalisator, this Conference is strongly of opinion that the totalisator should be abolished without delay.
Moved by the Rev. Bennett and seconded by Taekata,—
That this Conference, believing that the foundations upon which the true progress of the Maori depends is a spiritual foundation, considers that it is of the utmost importance to make every effort to secure an educated, active, and spiritual ministry, fully alive to modern needs and energetic in meeting them. It deplores the fact that the church in many districts is suffering from inefficiency, and urges upon ministers and congregations alike the need of earnest prayer and effort to remedy the present condition of things.page break page break page break page break page break