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IMPORTANT MAORI CONGRESS.

MEETING AT WAAHI. OPENING NATIVE LANDS. (By Telcgrapti.—Own Correspondent.) TOKAANU, this day. ' An important Maori congress was opened at Waalii (Lower Waikato) today by Te Heuheu Tukino, head of the N 0 tituwharetoa tribe. Large numbers of Maoris have arrived from al! parts of the Dominion to take part in the big meeting. The object is to discuss the native land question, and other important matters of a like nature, with a view to bringing about a satisfactory settlement of the native land difficulty on a •basis acceptable to ilaori and pakeha alike. The Ngatituwharetoa tribe has taken up the attitude that their present idle lands should be thrown open for European settlement, provided no legislative difficulties exist in the new native land laws. Influential chiefs have arrived from North ard South, and the Hon. J. -A. Millar and non. A. T. Ngata. who arrived in the camp on Saturday afternoon, were given a very hearty welcome. The meeting place is a picturesque spot on the southern shore of Lake Taupo, and the congress, which will last over several days, is considered to be of great importance, King Mahuta and all the principal chiefs being present.

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IMPORTANT MAORI CONGRESS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 86, 12 April 1909

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