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While not wishing to diminish this argument the case of the NZMR also hints at a second interpretive angle.
This is certainly the line of reasoning embedded in NZMR material and is borne out amongst others in another story cycle, concerning 'Apakuki' a 'Fijian convert'.
In effect both NZMR readers and Apakuki were viewed as equally 'civilized' through the redeeming effects of Christianity.
The NZMR, as one case of a late-nineteenth-century adult literary production for children and young people, indicates the complexities of reading historical texts and of understanding colonial lives.
In its short life, however, the NZMR was significant as an incipient colonial juvenile production that focused children's attention on their own comer of the world.
Stuart Ross, 'Introduction', NZMR, (November 1882), p.
Rutherford Waddell, 'The Sabbath-school and Missions', NZMR, (February 1884), p.
Stuart Ross, 'A Happy New Year', NZMR, (January 1885), p.
(21) 'Letter from Piri', NZMR, (November 1882), pp.
(22) 'Boera, New Guinea', NZMR, (December 1883), p.
(32) 'Burning of Idols in Madagascar', NZMR, (October 1883), p.
(36) 'Mission to the Maoris of Waikouaiti', NZMR, (September 1883), p.
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