Story: Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state

Māori newspaper, 1861

This is the front page of an 1861 issue of the government-sponsored newspaper Te Karere Maori, also known by its English title, The Maori Messenger. This issue carries details of the Native Districts Regulation Act 1858, which set up district rūnanga or Māori-controlled local councils. Te Karere Maori was replaced by Te Manuhiri Tuarangi and Maori Intelligencer. Both newspapers aimed to acclimatise Māori to European habits and customs.

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Niupepa: Maori newspapers
Reference: Te Karere Maori or Maori Messenger, 16 December, 1861, p.1

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Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, 'Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state - Implementing kāwanatanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

Story by Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Aug 2016