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1848


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Background

Region National
Available online 1848

The Anglo-Maori Warder (1848) was published by Williamson and Wilson in Auckland. Issued weekly, the cost was 28 shillings per year, 7 shillings per quarter, and single issues 7 pence.

In 1845 Williamson established the English-language newspaper The New Zealander to ‘champion the rights of the Maori’ (Scholefield, 1958: 80). Wilson, according to Scholefield, believed that it was in the best interests of Maori people for the government to assert its supremacy in New Zealand as quickly as possible (ibid.). To foster this process they combined to print instructions in Maori: for farming and gardening after the English fashion; for keeping bees and taking honey; for making things useful to man – such as different kinds of food, soap and candles ... together with some simple directions about clothes and physic and matters relating to health (25 April 1848: 2). 

This paper is for the most part written in English. There is a Maori section on the last page of each issue which is not translated, nor is it a translation of the English text. The section in Maori was expected to become equal in size to the English section.

Scholefield, Guy H. Newspapers in New Zealand (Wellington: A H & A W Reed, 1958)

The National Library would like to thank Gail Dallimore for providing information used in essays about Maori newspapers.

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