Tlua Daj'. Sir George Grey ami Mr. Slieehan, finding on arrival in Auckland that no invitation from Tawhaio, had been sent them, to attend the Waikato meeting, deemed it advisable not to go. They are to proceed to Hamilton to-morrow, to cut the fiist sod of the Thames and Waikato railway at the Hamilton end of the line. By the morning train a large number of Ngapuhi chiefs went to the Waikato Maori meeting in charge of Spencer Von Stermer, R.M., of Hokianga. He will probably leave the chiefs at the confiscation boundary. He ia expected ill town again about Wednesday or Thursday. The Ngapuhi chief will make ■ proposals to the Waikatos, which will read as follows : — " These are the proposals
of Ngapuhi and Te Karawa, Te Waikato. Ist. Tawhaio should consent to seven proposals made by Sir George Grey to him at the meeting held at Hikurangi | on the tenth of May 1878, Because of the old Pakeha proverb that half a loaf is better than no bread. 2nd. If the Waikatos] persist in demanding restoration of all lands confiscated, these are the words of 'the Ngapuhi aud Te Karawa. The great laws of England are open to the Waikatos, and they canlay their grievances before the British parliament. The International tribunals of Europe are also open to them to determine all difficult questions in dispute, such as disputes about lands in the Waikato and Taranaki, which can be settled in the Bame manner as disputes between Turkey and Russia were by arbitration, by representatives of European Powers, by the Berlin Treaty. 3rd. These are the works of Ngapuhi and Te Karawa to the Maori King and Te Whiti, neither those two, nor their people, should attempt to obstruct the construction of railways and telegraphs over lands which have been lawfully purchased, because those great public works are for the benefit, of both Europeans and Maoris.'' These proposals will be read at the meeting at Te Kopua, and be supported by the great body of representatives; of the Ngapuhi and Te Karawa, who have been specially elected by Maori committees. It is positively stated that Sir George Grey and the Native Minister will not go to the King meeting until an absolute invitation is received by them. It ia reported that the Kingites intend sending an invitation as soon as the preliminaries of the programme are arranged. ' ; Sir George Grey and Mr. Sheehan visited the waterworks yesterday, and expressed great pleasure with the pumping machinery and general arrangements. The City of New York has arrived from Sydney; She brings seventeen saloon passengers for Auckland, and a larger number of through passengers for 'Frisco. The news is mostly anticipated by the Arawata. The Hero from Sydney brought six racehorses for Mr. Perkins, two for Mr. Babbett, and one for Mr. Percival, besides three prize cattle for MacLean Brothers.
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AUCKLAND., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 687, 30 April 1879
AUCKLAND. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 687, 30 April 1879
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