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On' the 12th September (inst.) the declaration of the poll for the Western Maori Electoral District aud the election of Major Te Wheoro took place. After tha Returning ( ; flicer had made the declaration. Major Te Wheoro said :—" I stand now before you to speak, now that Mr. Grace (ivho is one of the Returning Officers) has m:ule the declaration. You have now heard that you have got the victory. I give the Returning Officer great credit aud praise for the maimer in which he has cariicJ out the poll. I t'uauk ami congratulate you all, who are great aud ranjatira trib-??, who have vot-d for me. These are all great tribes : YVaikato, Hauraki, Wlianganui, Taupo, and Atiawa. These tribes all worked honourably ; they were not flattered or bribed by mouey. They workel simply with energy aud determination. On this account I will endeavour to imitate the example set mo by them. X will constantly do all I can for these tribes, who so nobly worked in my behalf. 1 will see they will obtain fairness, so that the t.vo races may live in peace togetherou this Island. I am anxious that this peaceful state of things thould continue ; that the pakeha and Maori should be In unity with one another in the Waikato. I will not make an exposition of my views, and why I go t > Parliament until the chiefs of the tiibes arrive who voted for me. I will speak a little of Alexandra. When I came here the Maori and the pakeha had not freely mixed with one another, aud were shy of each other. But today wo all see that they have become frieudly—they cat together, they talk aud laugh together, aud one at the other. .Now, I am glad that I have left my Government duties, since none of my frieuds can s.iy I left my duties for mercenary purposes. I hope you will not feel sorry 1 have left, Einco Mr. Grace is still here after me. I have one word to say to my European f.iends. If their members should desire to do anything for their benefit and their local wants—such, for in»tauce, as a road from Ohaupo to Alexandra or Ngaruawahia, I shall be glad and ready to assist them, it such benefits or wauts do not interfere to the detriment of anything relating to the natives."—Mr. Finch, of the Alexandra Hotel, acknowledged Major Te Wheoro's remarks, and the assemblage dispersed, after having given a few hearty cheers.

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SPEECH BY TE WHEORO, M.H.R., New Zealand Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5566, 18 September 1879

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SPEECH BY TE WHEORO, M.H.R. New Zealand Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5566, 18 September 1879