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Te Karere Maori or The Maori messenger

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  • Other Name

    Te Karere o Nui Tirani 1842-1846 (Alternate title)

    Te Karere Maori 1849-1854 (Alternate title)

    The Maori messenger = Te Karere Maori 1855-1861 (Alternate title)

    Te Manuhiri Tuarangi and Maori Intelligencer 1861 (Alternate title)

    Proceedings of the Kohimarama Conference (Alternate title)

  • Description

    There were five iterations of this government-funded publication, with varying titles.

    Te Karere o Nui Tireni (The New Zealand Messenger) was published from January 1842 to January 1846. This was the first Maori-language newspaper. The paper ceased being published when war broke out in the north. Altogether there were 50 issues from 1842.

    The Maori Messenger : Te Karere Maori was published between 1849 and 1854. It was a revival of Te Karere o Nui Tireni and contained similar material. The paper presented issues facing the government and Maori people, essentially from the government viewpoint. Hocken stated that 'Political and polemical subjects were forbidden, those of general interest and value being alone admitted. Special attention was ... paid to the cultivation of land and flax and the management of sheep and cattle' (ibid).

    The last issue was published in May 1854. The paper was reinstated in a new format nine months later (1855-1861). It was first edited by Hare Reweti (Charles Davis), who came to Hokianga from New South Wales in the 1830s. He acted initially as a tutor to the children of the Wesleyan missionaries. When the mission was disbanded he moved to Auckland (ibid). Later editors included David Burn and Walter Buller.

    The paper was reborn as Te Manuhiri Tuarangi and Maori Intelligencer (Visitor from Afar, March-November 1861). The editorial in the first issue claimed that the paper was more comprehensive and more widely circulated than previous Messengers. Correspondents in each Maori district were appointed to provide local news.

    Te Karere Maori, or, Maori Messenger (1861-1863) was a continuation of Te Manuhiri Tuarangi (1861) with the same physical format, although the number of pages was reduced and the issues appeared less regularly. The intention of the newspaper and subject coverage were the same as Te Manuhiri Tuarangi. The paper was closed down in September 1863.--Papers Past website.

  • Place
  • Other Id

    DU424 KAR (Library of Congress Call Number)

    89343 (Cat ID)

  • Department

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