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NEW ZEALAND. We have received a file of New Zealand papers to the 25th of July inclusive, from which we make the following interesting extracts:— •(From the New Zealand Colonist.) JULY 7.—On Tuesday evening, Mr. Spain returned to this town from the mission to Otaki. We understand that, on his arrival at Waikanae, he met with Rauparaha, who was endeavouring to persuade the natives of that place to make common cause with him against the settlers. The chief, however, continued firm to his first purpose, stating that he had always received from the settlers just treatment, and would not engage against them in a quarrel which noways concerned himself or his people. This friendly sentiment was confirmed by the statements of Mr. Spain, who took great pains to impress upon the whole body of natives that principle of English law, which forbids that the innocent should be punished with or for the guilty. On the Saturday Mr. Spain proceeded to Ottaki, where he met Watanui and the other chiefs of the Ngati Raukawa tribe. From them he received positive assurances that they would in no case be concerned in acts of aggression upon the settlers, but they unanimously stated their determination to protect Rauparaha at all hazards. We have just heard a report of the death of Rangihaiata, which we are informed occurred at Otaki on Monday last, in consequence of the wound in his foot. From the inquiries we have been able to make, we feel convinced of its truth. This event has certainly removed one main obstacle to the settlement of this part of the country. Rangihaiata might be considered as the type of the New Zealander before the race were brought under the civilizing influences which have for some years past been at work among them — violent, reckless, and uncalculating. Happily, the present number of such men among the natives is small, and as they die off they leave no successors. We have been informed that a man named Hanham, who was supposed to have been killed in the late melancholy affair at Wairau, has reached Nelson, but two are still missing, named Burton and Stokes. JULY 25.—The Government brig arrived here yesterday morning, from Auckland, bringing Major Richmond, the chief police magistrate; Colonel Godfrey, Commissioner of Land Claims, who is about to proceed to Akaroa; Mr. Edward Shortland; Captain Bennet, of the Engineers; and fifty-three soldiers of the 96th. We have as yet heard but little of the intelligence brought. The arrival of a body of soldiers will tend to restore confidence, and we believe that ample inquiries will be made into all the circumstances connected with the affair at Wairau. We understand that Major Richmond will proceed in the course of a day or two in the brig to Cloudy Bay, and then to Nelson, and return to this place as speedily as possible. A fight had taken place among the aborigines, between the Maitland tribe on the one side, and the Port Stephen and Paterson tribes on the other. Several, were killed, and a great number wounded on both sides. The Maitland tribe had fire-arms.