Mr. F. D. Fenton urged that the Institute should represent to the Government the desirability of making terms with Mr. Colenso for the completion and publication of his Maori dictionary. No living person was better acquainted with the Maori language than Mr. Colenso. It was known that for many years he had been collecting material for such a work; and, although a previous Ministry had decided to discontinue the small yearly expenditure required for its preparation, he was sure that all those acquainted with Mr. Colenso, and with the immense amount of time and labour given by him, would agree that such a course was unworthy of the colony. Mr. Fenton spoke at some length as to the necessity for the preparation of a really good and complete Maori lexicon, and the desirability that the work should be done by an accomplished Maori scholar like Mr. Colenso.
A long discussion ensued. It was at length resolved that
Sir G. Grey should be asked to represent to the Government the desirability of approaching Mr. Colenso for the purpose indicated by Mr. Fenton.
Paper.—“The Geology of the Kuaotunu Goldfield,” by James Park, F.G.S. (Transactions, p. 360.)