On 29 May 1852 the Wellington Independent reviewed Ropitini Koruhu, Daniel Defoe's The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe translated into Māori by Native Secretary H. T. Kemp: 'We believe the object the Government had in view in publishing this translation of Robinson Crusoe, was to implant a taste for reading, and by this means promote the EDUCATION of the aboriginal population ... by enlisting their sympathies and interest in the pure, though exciting narrative of De Foe's inimitable hero'.
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