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Te Wananga : he panuitanga tena kia kite koutou

documentary heritage
  • Description

    Te Wananga (The Forum, 1874-1878) was edited by John White, former secretary to Governor Grey and Native Land Court interpreter. He collected oral traditions during the 1840s and 1850s from which was published The Ancient History of the Maori.

    The intention of the newspaper was expressed in the first issue: 'He Perehi tenei mo te Motu katoa, mo nga tangata maori, kua huaina tona ingoa ko te Wananga o nga iwi katoa inaianei...hei ritenga ia mo te Perehi e huihui ia tatou ki te whakaaro kotahi, koia i huaina ai kia te Wananga, no te mea, mo tatou katoa tenei taonga' (5 August 1874: 1) (This is a Press for the whole Island, for Maori people, it has been entitled Te Wananga for all the present day the manner of the Press it will bring us to a consensus of opinion, hence its title Te Wananga, because it is an asset for us all).

    The newspaper aimed to: ' justice to both races; allay any irritation that may arise; and engender mutual feelings of forbearance and goodwill./Ko ta matou hiahia kia puta te pai ki nga iwi katoa o enei whenua, ahakoa Maori, ahakoa Pakeha, a kia hore ai he amuamu a aua tangata kia ratou.' (7 August 1875: 124).

    It was associated with the Repudiation (of land sales) Movement of Hawke's Bay, and was highly critical of Sir Donald McLean's policy as represented in the pages of Te Waka Maori. John Sheehan, who was a leader of the Repudiation Movement and member of the party opposed to the government, was involved in the production of Te Wananga. In 1877, with the change of government, he became the new Native Minister.--Papers Past website

  • Place
  • Other Id

    AP7.5 WAN (Library of Congress Call Number)

    84165 (Cat ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Te Wananga : he panuitanga tena kia kite koutou
  • Contributor/Publisher
    Hemea ta e Henare Hira [John White], a he mea panui e Henare Tomoana
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    volumes ; 28-29 cm

  • Serial Holdings
    Current Holdings: Volume with leather spine binding:
    Vol.1 no.1 (5 Akuhata 1874) - Vol.5 no.51 (21 Tihema 1878).
    Volume bound in card:
    No.21 (6 Hurae 1876) - No.51 (23 Tihema 1876).
    2 copies of 'Te Wananga Extraordinary' Monday 12 February 1877.
  • Language
    Te Reo Māori
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

    2 items in this collection. View all items.

  • Related Object Notes
    MS-134 Thomas William George Howard Hammond - Papers
  • Subject Category
  • Provenance Details
    Bound volume with leather spine has several pages of annotations in Maori relating to entries handwritten in ink and pencil (by Hammond?) on front endpapers.
    Bound volume with card boards has several pages of annotations in English relating to entries handwritten notes in ink on front endpapers.
  • Content
    Both volumes annotated with subjects, personal names, relevant volume, issue and pagination.
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: nupepa; Maori newspapers]

    Title from masthead. Editor: John White. Printed by Henry Hill and published by Henare Tomoana. Issues from 26 Hurae, 1875 include advertising.

  • Associated Notes
  • Subject Notes
    John White was secretary to Governor Grey, the Native Land Court interpreter, and the author of the Ancient History of the Maori.
  • Collection Type
    New Zealand Serials
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023

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