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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1889. NOTES.

1 here are not a few persons of the genut which comprises the detractors of anything and everything colonial, who always speak contemptuously of New Zealand volunteers, as if altogether of > inferior mettle and quality to their brethren m arms m the Old Country, and who are never tired of Bneering at what they call "playing at soldiers." Home even go so far as to insinuate that the last thing they would dream of doing would be to die for their country, and regard them generally as so many silly young men who like to disport their manly persons m scarlet or blue to the admiration of equally silly sweethearts, wives, mothsrs and daughters. But despite this sneering spirit, which is only too common, we question whether m their heart of hearts the sneerers really believe that the volunteers are the set of poor poltroons that their depreciatory remarks would seem to indicate, or that they seriously consider that the British nature has altogether lost its characteristic qualities of pluck and staunchness by mere transportation to New Zealand soil. Even if any of them entertain such an unworthy view of our citizen soldiery, facts should suffice to convince them of its utter untenableness, for during the past few days, at the very first sign of possible trouble with a section of the Maori people, offers of service have poured m from officers and men from all parts of the colony, and it is perfectly plain that if need were the entire force would willingly take the field m defence of the hearths and homes of their fellowcolonists. The sneerers will not, we think, venture to say that this alacrity is m inverse ratio to the danger of the service, for no one oan assume that if there had been real trouble over this Te Kooti business it would have been settled without bloodshed. Indeed, the volunteers are entitled to the credit of acting up to their motto, " Semper Paratus," and we heartily believe that, however perilous the service, their loyal and hearcy aid may always be counted upon.

It is slightly amusing sometimes to read the puffs elaborate which those daily journals from whose offices weekly papers are also issued, regularly give to " our weekly contemporary." Not that the weekleis don't deserve a good word, for the "Weekly Press" and the « Canterbury Times," the " Witness," and, m a word, many of the weeklies are monuments of successful literary enterprise, and a credit to the colony. But good wine needs no bush, and, m respect to the three papers mentioned at anyrate, they may safely be left to stand on their own merits. Bare the Auckland weekly, we don't think we can say so much for the weeklies of the North Island, some of which would be better described by an adjective similarly pronounced but epelt with an "a." However, let that pass, the object of this " Note " being, not a general criticism of our big brethren, but to hold np to admiration tha neat way m which the " New Zealand Times " the other day exploited the Te Kooti scare as an advertisement for its weekly issue, the "New Zealand Mail." This is how it did it ; — " The sensational news of Te Kooti's proposed visit to Poverty Bay has no doubt ere this been telegraphed to the English papers, and may cause a lot of alarm among people who have friends or relatives out here* To show people m the Old Country that the whole affair is but so much empty bounce it will be requisite to send by the Ban Francisco mail to-morrow a copy of this week's " New Zealand Mail," which contains a full and accurate account of the scare, with editorial remarks upon the true value of it. This explanation will give an assurance of -gataiy #j anxious •p^opTe~Ttr~TsngigpOT The " New Zealand Mail " this week is is an unusually full paper, 'and contains gome capital reading" etc. etc, Mr Cbantrey Harris is no doubt exceed ingly concerned for the anxieties of the people of England but he has evidently « keen eye to business for all that. 8 {Paul Tuhaere, Hemara Taumatene, Heta Paikea and the irrepressible Sydney Taiwhanga, M.H.R., have issued a circular m their joint names, copies of which have been sent to members of the House of Representatives, and no doubt also to other prominent men, commencing with the idiomatic " Salutation to you," and inviting the recipients to bo present at "9 meeting of all Maori tribes which will assemble first, at thp Treaty of Waitangi Hall, Bay of Islands," on tbe 13th of the current month, and, second, at Okabu, near Auckland, op the 25th " for the consideration of two important questions concerning the Treaty of Waitaogi." Those questions »re — (1) " to consider all disputes that have arisen contrary to the provisions of both tbe Treaty of Waitangi and the 71st section of the New Constitution Act, 1852," and (2 j " To consider all questions affecting Maories and their larfds." Ab regards the first the circular says " These grievances will have to be dealt with by a Court of Law. 80 far, good and well. Oar Maori friends have a perfect right £0 discuss these matters, and are quite intitled to seek redress for any wrongs m the way proposed. B. ut m connection with the second subject, Mr Sydney Taiwhanga and his friends have laid out for themselves an exceedingly radical programme, for as regards " all statutes affecting Maories and their landß," we read that they propose " to abolish the (same, as they were made contrary to the provision of both the Treaty of Waitangi and the 71 Section of the New Zealand Constitution Act, 1852, and to let the Maories have the whole management for colonization of their own State by themselves, and such other matters as may pertain to the mutual benefit, happiness • and prosperity, of both, races." This, m J a word, is a demand for Home Rule for , the Maori people, and an enlargement of 1 Wiremu Tamihana's (William Thorap ' son, the king-maker's) policy. The ! chief named, as is well-known, initialed ] the movement whiph led to the selection i of Potatau as the Maori "king," and Sydney Taiwhanga's desire is, that m- j stead of nominal kingship, there shall bo 1 actual rule conferred and the ad- 1 ministration of all matters affecting { the Maori race entrusted to Maori authority, though what precise form of t jUaori Government ho would like to set 1 up he has not yet definitely laid down. r [t is, however, quite clear that ho desires * toestablish a veritable #»#mty/# in imperio 1 rod to remove Maori lands, and all ad ■ 1 ministration of law even the making pf f law within Maori territory from the con- c irol of the Government and Parliament of \ the colony, and to entrust all these I natters to the Maories themselves. Any juch proposal is obviously wholly int- I )racticable, and our Maori Parnell would r letter serve the interests of his country- \ nen if be would abandon the pursuit of \ mch chimerical ideas and seek any s lecded reforms m the administration of F he law, or of the law itself as affecting i! be Moories, through the upqal coQßtitu- * 101J5J cllftHg^ i 1

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1889. NOTES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2076, 1 March 1889

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1889. NOTES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2076, 1 March 1889

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