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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, February 8 (1840)


New Zealand Half-Castes.

Vicious as the European population of New Zealand is, it is evidently not without some redeeming spirits. It appears by the following prospectus, that the neglected condition and vicious habits of the New Zealand half-castes have attracted the attention of the better portion of the local European population land, and they have consequently determined to erect an institution for the maintenance and education of the offspring of European fathers by New Zealand mothers. The Sydney Herald further says, that a public meeting was proposed to be held at Kororarika at an early date, for the purpose of promoting the plan. The proposed institution will assuredly meet with the zealous co-operation of the first colony, as arrangements had been made before the departure of the company's vessels, to establish an infant-school for tbe instruction of native children soon after the colony's establishment:—
The great increase of children, the progeny of English fathers by New Zealand mothers, the greater portion of whom are left to be brought up in heathen ignorance and superstition, and in familiarity with the vicious courses of their female parents and relatives, renders it a duty incumbent upon British subjects resident in New Zealand, to exert themselves for the rescue of this portion of the rising generation from the certain degradation which must be the necessary result of their continuance in their present condition.
From the great and increasing prosperity of the British settlers of all classes in New Zealand, it has been thought, that from them, and with the aid of benevolent individuals and societies of the neighbouring colonies and the mother country, a fund might be raised for the foundation and support of an institution for the maintenance and education of these children—to be called, "The Victoria Institution,"—as the first allotment of ground to be allocated in the proposed Township of Victoria in the Bay of Islands will be dedicated to this object.
It is well known that of the fathers of these children who are settled in New Zealand, the majority are both able and desirous to pay for their education; and it is considered, that they would gladly avail themselves of an institution where their children would be removed from the contamination of their present associates, and where they would receive an English and Christian education: while, therefore, the primary object of the institution is the collection within its walls of those children who are not living under the protection of their fathers, it contemplates, also, the reception of such children as may be placed in it by their parents, at the average expense at which each child in the institution may be maintained and educated.
It is proposed to open a correspondence with the British and Foreign School Society, and to conduct the education of the children on its principles;. and that application should be made for a schoolmaster and schoolmistress trained in its mode of teaching, as soon as the state of the funds shall make it expedient.
The property and management of the institution will be vested in a Board of nine Trustees, of whom the British Resident, (or other functionary representing the British Government for the time being,) the senior Missionary of the Church Missionary Society, and the senior Mis-sionary of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, to be ex officio members.
The funds subscribed to be vested in the Sydney Savings' Bank, until the Board of Trustees shall consider that a sufficient amount has been raised to warrant their proceeding with the erection of a building, and taking other steps in furtherance of the object of the Institution.
As it is intended to invest one-fifth part of all the funds which may be realized by the sale or lease of allotments in the Township of Victoria—one-tenth for Religious and Educational Instruction, and one-tenth for Public Buildings and Improvements—the funds of the Victoria Institution may be aided from these sources. Application will also be made to Her Majesty's Government to sanction the appropriation of the property of British subjects dying intestate in New Zealand, whose heirs cannot be found, in aid of its objects."

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