The Official Handbook of New Zealand: A Collection of Papers by Experienced Colonists on the Colony as a Whole, and on the Several Provinces

Printed and published for the government of New Zealand, by Wyman, 1875 - 267 pages

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Page 113 - No religious catechism or religious formulary which is distinctive of any particular denomination shall be taught in the school.
Page 21 - I wished to speak with, and finding the river not fordable, I ordered the yawl in to carry us over, and left the pinnace at the entrance. When we came near the...
Page 21 - The cockswain then fired a second musket over their heads, but of this they took no notice; and one of them lifting up his spear to dart it at the boat, another piece was fired, which shot him dead. When he fell, the other three stood motionless...
Page 214 - ... could ; upon this the marines, who were under arms upon deck, were ordered to fire. The shot was directed to that part of the canoe which was farthest from the boy, and rather wide of her, being willing rather to miss the rowers than to hurt him : it happened, however, that one man dropped, upon which the others quitted their hold of the boy, who instantly leaped into the water, and swam towards the ship ; the large canoe immediately pulled round and followed him, but some muskets and a great...
Page 21 - ... thunder. To revenge themselves was the dearest wish of the tribe, but how to accomplish it with divinities who could kill them at a distance, was difficult to determine. Many of...
Page 21 - When he fell, the other three stood motionless for some minutes, as if petrified with astonishment ; as soon as they recovered, they went back, dragging after them the dead body, which, however, they soon left, that it might not encumber their flight. At the report of the first musket we drew together, having straggled to a little distance from each other, and made the best of our way back to the boat ; and crossing the river, we soon saw the Indian lying dead upon the ground.
Page 21 - Cook's arrival, is recorded by Mr. Polack, who had it from the mouths of their children in 1836. "They took the ship at first for a gigantic bird, and were struck with the beauty and size of its wings, as they supposed the sails to be. But on seeing a smaller bird, unfledged, descending into the water, and a number of parti-coloured beings, apparently in human shape, the bird was regarded as "a houseful of divinities. Nothing could exceed their astonishment. The sudden death ot i.
Page 42 - ... with unexampled luxuriance ; whilst all the European grasses and other useful plants produce returns equal to those of the most favoured localities at Home. Fruit, too, is abundant all over New Zealand. Even in the latitude of Wellington oranges, lemons, citrons, and loquats are found, whilst peaches, pears, grapes, apricots, figs, melons, and, indeed, all the ordinary fruits of temperate climates abound.
Page 110 - Committee must consist of not less than five nor more than nine members, a majority of whom must be parents of families.
Page 21 - ... the people in the pinnace, who called to the boys to drop down the stream. The boys instantly obeyed ; but being closely pursued by the natives, the cockswain of the pinnace, to whom the charge of the boats was committed, fired a musket over their heads.

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