A Journey in the Northern Island of New Zealand; Interspersed with Various Information Relative to the Country and People

A Journey in the Northern Island of New Zealand; Interspersed with Various Information Relative to the Country and People

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...as to knowledge. When they were divided into classes on the Sunday, for repeating catechism, &c., I found some difficulty in securing their attention. Mr. Maunsell went up the river to visit other parties. The people with me mustered, to morning service, about a hundred. A subsequent residence of Missionaries among these people, has undoubtedly wrought a surprising change; for it must be recollected that it was Waikato natives who came eagerly forward, as already mentioned, to cast in their shillings and dollars at a Missionary collection. In the night, we were much teazed by musquitoes, and on the Monday morning the natives detained and annoyed us, by trying to drive a hard bargain for the loan of a canoe, to take me up the river: so that it was eight o'clock before we could make a start; Mr. Maunsell, at the same time, crossing in a canoe, on his way home. The Moeatoa friends having provided me with the services of two of their domestic natives, and three Otawao people agreeing to accom 102 NEW ZEALAND LANGUAGE. pany us; these, with trusty Paukena, now formed my escort. Mr. Maunsell's native, a sharp, and rather pert lad, afforded much help in improving my acquaintance with the language; as he readily agreed, for a trifling remuneration, to set me right whenever I spoke incorrectly. The Ngapuhi, or Bay of Islands' natives, who live with the Missionaries in the northern stations, too commonly fall into the lazy habit of speaking to you after your own fashion, rather than be at the trouble of constantly correcting you. Comparing the Ngapuhi dialect with that of the more southern tribes, there is a great variation of words and phrases. For instance, there are three distinct words for fire, --Ahi, Kapura, Ngiha; the...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236976592
  • 9781236976598