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The first editorial of Aotearoa (1892) states that the newspaper is published exclusively for the benefit of Maori people and Pakeha will have no part in its organisation: ‘Ko Aotearoa hei taonga tupu mo nga Maori, kaore he Pakeha e whai hia ki roto. Ka whakahaerea motuhaketia hei painga mo te Iwi Maori anake’ (4 June 1892: 1).

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