Te Waka Māori o Aotearoa 1884
The Maori Canoe of Aotearoa
Published: January 14, 1884 - November 14, 1884. Gisborne
350 x 220mm., 4 pages, varies with occasional supplements, double columns, all Maori, issued fortnightly, no illustrations except for woodcut of war canoe, contains advertisements, the subscription cost is 6 shillings per year payable in advance, and 6 pence per copy. The imprint reads, "He mea Ta e Poata me Korowhata i te Tari Perehi o Te Terewhene Kihipane mo Paratene Ngata te tangata nana tenei Nuipepa. Turanganui, Kihipane, Pepuere 29, 1884" [Printed by Porter and Croft at the Printing Office of the Gisborne Telephone for Paratene Ngata, the proprietor of this newspaper, Gisborne, February 29, 1884].
For further physical details refer to Herbert W. Williams, A Bibliography of Printed Maori to 1900, Item 687.
This is the fourth Te Waka Maori!
This paper is written in Maori.
"Hoea te Waka, ha!" "Ko te Tika. Ko te Pono. Ko te Aroha." No.1 Turanganui, Kihipane. Pepuere 29, 1884. Te utu 6d.
The Maori Canoe of Aotearoa. "Paddle the Canoe!" "Justice. Truth. Love." No.1 Gisborne, February 29, 1884. Cost 6 pence.
This newspaper is a revival of Te Waka Māori o Niu Tireni, although the banner is quite distinctive. In the first issue the editor states:
No copies of this January issue have been seen.
I mua hoki, i te taima kore nupepa mo nga Maori, nui rawa atu to ratou kuaretanga, kahore he mangai mo nga iwi, hei whakapuaki i a ratou whakaaro (ibid.)
Before, in the time when there were no newspapers for Maori people, there was such great ignorance, for there was no voice for the people with which to make their thoughts known.
The father of Sir Apirana Ngata, Paratene Ngata started the newspaper in January, 1884. When he contracted typhoid fever, the first numbered issue, which was the second published, was delayed in being printed as it was difficult to find another editor. The new editor was G. H. Wilson.
A i whakaaturia hoki i taua putanga tuatahi ra, ko te 22 o nga ra o Pepuere nei te ra hei pereihitanga mo te putanga o tenei marama....Ko te take koki i kore ai e puta i te ra i whakaritea ai, he mate nui i pa mai ki te Etita o te Waka nei, ara kia Paratene Ngata. Ko te wha tenei o nga wiki i takoto turoro ai ia - he piwha te mate - a kihai ia i whakarite wawe i te riiwhi mana .... (ibid.)
It was announced in that first issue (of January 31st), that this month's issue would be printed on February 22nd....Due to the grave illness of the editor of Te Waka, Paratene Ngata, it was not possible to keep to this publication date. This is the fourth week he has lain ill with fever. We could not quickly find a substitute for him.
The motto on the masthead "Hoea te Waka, Ha!" probably invokes the haka:
(Nga hua mohiotanga ma nga tangata Maori.Tuesday, September 15, 1874: 1).
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