YOUNG MAORI PARTY.
*'V 'MEETING AT-ROTORUA. |fej ' IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.)' RQTORUA, Wednesday. An important' meeting of the Young alaori party conference was held at Onineinutu, commencing at ten o'clock 'this morning. A large number of delegates and representatives from various parts of the Dominion were present. The following are the localities they represented: East Coast (2), Auckland (17), Eawke's Bay (6), Gisborne (3), Whakafene (l),Ruatolu (4), Waikato (1). A letter from the president of the Northern Division of the Young Maori party (Mr. Albert Wilson, headmaster •f St. Stephen's School, Auckland), expressing regret at not being able to attend, and 'wishing success to the Council, iwas read. The Rev. Mr. Hawkins, of Auckland, occupied the chair, and the Hon. Mr. Ngata, Dr. Buck, the' Rev. Pine Tamahori (secretary), occupied.seats on the platform. The Hon. Mr. Ngata spoke in favour of amending the constitution by omitting the words "TeAute/ , so as to enlarge the ecope of the party and its aims. ■ Other speakers -were Te Kiharoa and the Rev. Mr. Bennett (Ohinemutu), Mita Paupopoki (Whakarewarewa), and Pilika te Miroi (Ohinemutu). The resolution was carried unanimously, and the following schools were added to the nurniber of those incorporated: Tβ Aute, Te Kan, Hukarere, Otaki, Clareville, Wairengahika, and Turakina, along with past students of other Maori schools resident in the districts. A paper from Dr. Pomare on infant feeding and hints to mothers was read and received with applause. Dr. Buck followed with explanations ajid suggestions. • The Hon. Mr. Ngata also spoke in appreciation of the paper, and urged attention to details, on which the success of the jvhole depended. The next resolution was to the effect that conference recognised the important work done by the Public Health Department amongst Maoris, and expressed the hope that the oGvernment's proposed retrenchment will not impair its efficiency. The Hon. Ngata deprecated any expresEion of adverse opinion as premature, svhile hoping that any necessary action jvould not he hurtful. The Rev. G. Maunsell, Auckland, disapproved of the present position of the 'Auckland native hostelry, giving as a reason that it was not a suitable place to take sick and ailing. After discussion, a motion to this effect was carried unanimously. The Rev. Timu Tamu proposed 'That the Conference approves of the establishment of homes in various districts, and urges the Maori people to provide land and suitable buildings for the purpose." [This was carried -unanimously. A resolution "That this Conference is "of opinion that the time has arrived for applying the system of compulsory registration of Maori births and deaths" Sras also carried unanimously. The Conference then adjourned to the meeting-house, where Dr. Buck addressed the Maori Council on the subject of huia (native gatherings) as a factor in the causation of disease. After dealing with minor matters, such as exposure to wet and cold and insufficient accommodation, he dealt with epidemics, such as typhoid, scarlet fever, measles, j and also consumption, pointing out the danger of insanitary surroundings in soilages, urging upon the Council the necessity of seeing that village committees made proper provision before meetings were held. Committees should be appointed and instructions given to sanitary inspectors, who should confer with the Maori committees with a view of perfecting, as far as possible, sanitary arrangements. He recommended the adoption of the system in vogue in military camps, and urged unanimity between the Councils and the Health Department, the latter advising and the local committees carrying, out the details .60. as to safeguard the health of the , natives, particularly in regard to the water supply and prevention, of contamination. He also warned the people that the Council should be firm when tangis were held to &ec that the dead iwere interred Vithin the time provided by the by-laws. The Council then adjourned till the evening , . An important meeting re the ownership of land surrounding the lakes was held after the lirneheon of delegates and and local men attending, when Rev. Mr. [Bennett was unanimously chosen to fill the chair. He referred to the fact that the meeting had specially to deal with the question of ownership of the lakes. The Hon. Mr. Ngata, followed, giving a lengthened explanation of the present position of the ownership pf the lakes, which was a complex subject to deal iwith, and one requiring the opinion of the best legal authorities. He referred to the terms of the Treaty of Waitangi, [which had to, be considered in respect to the authority of the Crown, and explained and quoted the state of the native- land laws now in force. After dealing with local affairs, he again referred to the consolidation of the native - land laws, and to their suggested amendment regarding succession, exchange, adoption of-children,-etc. He referred to the meeting held at Waihi, near Tokaanu, on Monday,' and read a resolution adopted there and handed over to him by Te Heulieu, which dealt with ownership of land and native land questions generally, as well as preservation of forests * and establishment of sanctuaries for native bird life. After several speakers had spoken, a. resolution was unanimously passed that a sum of £300 be collected from amongst the members of the various tribes living on the borders of Lakes Rotorua, Rotoiti, Rotoma, Rptehu, and Okataina for the purpose of paying legal expenses in connection with the claims of the natives as to the ownership of the lakes. A further resolution appointing Rev. Bennett, and H. Mitchell aa trustees of the fund and providing that the money be forthcoming not later than July 31, was carxied unanimously. _A vote of hearty thanks to the Hon. Ngata for. his explanations and counsel given was carried with acclamation, and the meeting terminated.
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