The first Māori-language newspaper was Te Karere o Nui Tireni (The Messenger of New Zealand), published by the government to provide Māori with official information and to encourage greater understanding between Māori and Pākehā. This is the front page of the first issue, published on 1 January 1842. Te Karere o Nui Tireni was edited by Charles Davis, who arrived in the Hokianga from Australia aged about 12, and became very fluent in Māori.
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Niupepa: Maori newspapers
Reference: Te Karere o Nui Tireni, 1 Hanuere 1842, p.1
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