Story: Māori newspapers and magazines – ngā niupepa me ngā moheni

Charles Davis (1st of 3)

Charles Davis

Charles Oliver Bond Davis played an important role in supporting the production of a number of Māori newspapers, including The Maori Messenger – Te Karere Maori, Te Waka o Te Iwi, Te Whetu o Te Tau and Te Korimako. Davis found himself charged with (but not convicted of) seditious libel after publishing a pamphlet by Tauranga Māori criticising Te Arawa Māori, with the title 'te Arawa mangai-nui' (literally big-mouthed Te Arawa, but actually a reference to Te Arawa's renown as great orators). Davis was described by a contemporary as 'a diminutive man of mummified appearance with a thin squeaky voice, destitute of one atom of personal charm'.

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Jane McRae, 'Māori newspapers and magazines – ngā niupepa me ngā moheni - Philanthropist and church newspapers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42405/charles-davis (accessed 12 August 2020)

Story by Jane McRae, published 22 Oct 2014