Colonial Discourses: Niupepa Maori 1855-1863

Colonial Discourses: Niupepa Maori 1855-1863

by Lachy Paterson

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Colonial Discourses: Niupepa Maori 1855-1863 by Lachy Paterson

In 1855, most Maori lived in a tribal setting, exercising their chieftainship and property rights guaranteed by the Treaty of Waitangi. But their world was changing. Many Maori had entered the market economy. Most had converted to Christianity. Many could read and write. Some sold their land to the government. These trends pleased the government, which envisaged a New Zealand dominated by Europeans, with the benefits of European civilization being extended to Maori, elevating them socially and economically. Ultimately the two races would become he iwi kotahi - one people. The government used its own newspaper, Te Karere Maori, to disseminate this message to the Maori. Other newspapers were published by government agents, evangelical Pakeha (non-Maori), the Wesleyan Church, and the rival Maori government, the Kingitanga. But while the newspapers were used for propaganda, they provided a forum, with many Maori debating the issues of the day. As a result, this book is able to illuminate the whole colonial discourse between Maori and Pakeha as it appeared in the Maori-language newspapers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781877372261
Publisher: Otago University Press
Publication date: 08/04/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7 Glossary 8 Introduction: Themes 11 Chapter 1 The Newspapers 19 Chapter 2 Literacy and Education 37 Chapter 3 Language 49 Chapter 4 Propaganda 69 Chapter 5 Law 89 Chapter 6 Civilisation 101 Chapter 7 Politics: 1855 to Kohimarama 137 Chapter 8 Politics: Kohimarama to 1863 167 Conclusion 199 Appendices 205 Bibliography 209 Notes 219 Index 243

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