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Te Karere o Nui Tireni, 1842

This is the front page of the first issue of Te Karere o Nui Tireni, the first Māori-language newspaper, published on 1 January 1842. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries a wide range of newspapers were produced in the Māori language. Te Karere was a government publication, designed to pass on official information to Māori and to encourage the idea that Pākehā and Māori were contracted together under the Treaty of Waitangi. The first paper produced by Māori was Te Hokioi o Nui Tireni, published in 1862 to promote the views of the Kīngitanga (Māori King movement). Māori newspapers were produced by iwi, by pan-tribal groups such as the Kīngitanga, and by religious groups. The papers contained local news, political commentary, waiata, debates on tradition, obituaries and acounts of local hui.

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Reference: Te Karere o Nui Tireni, 1 Hanuere, 1842, p.1

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Kate McMillan, 'Media and politics - Māori and Pākehā media: politics and advocacy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Kate McMillan, published 20 Jun 2012