While the Pākehā population grew quickly from the 1860s, the Māori population declined. By the mid-1880s, when this newspaper article was published, it was approaching its lowest point, reached in 1891. This trend led many Pākehā commentators to talk of Māori as 'a dying race'.
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Reference: Wanganui Herald, 29 May 1886, p. 2
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