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REFORM BANQUET AT WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND. For some time past there has been in New Zealand a growing desire for the introduction of Representative institutions into the colony; and a petition to Parliament was got up for this purpose, with great alacrity, in the spring of last year. To celebrate this event, a public demonstration, in the shape of a "Reform Banquet," took place on the evening of Thursday. March 1, in the Theatre, at Wellington, and proved to be a most numerous gathering. Nearly two hundred guests sat down to a sumptuous dinner prepared by Mr. Rowland Davis. The chair was taken by Mr. J. Dorset, at a little after six o'clock, when the coup d'oeil was most imposing. On the stage was the chairman's table, from which three tables extended lengthwise towards the footlights, and were continued through the entire length of the area below. The front of the boxes, and the surmounting cornice, were decorated with stars of variegated lamps, which had a brilliant effect. The stage was embellished with flags, evergreens, &c. A new scene, painted by Mr. Marriott, expressly for the occasion, tapestried the wall behind the chair; representing a Roman arch, flanked by columns, and surmounted by figures of Justice and Victory. The whole of the theatre and the staircase leading to the stage, were hung with chandeliers of lights, whose brilliance showed to great advantage the newly-decorated walls. The tables were supplied with the best wines to be found in the colony. An excellent amateur band was in attendance, and several songs were sung by Mr. Pickett, Mr Powell, and other gentlemen, After dinner the chairman proposed the health of her Majesty, and the band responded with "God Save the Queen." Then followed the customary loyal toasts of Prince Albert and the Royal Family; the Army and Navy; his Excellency Sir George Grey; and his Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor; all which were drunk with the usual honours. The toastmaster then gave "Representative Institutions, and their immediate introduction. Received with tremendous cheering, which lasted some minutes. Dr. Featherston then addressed the company, and concluded by saying that he regarded the question of the day as one of expediency; and glancing at the history of the American colonies, showed that the amount of prosperity of any single colony had ever been in proportion to the degree of self-government enjoyed by it. The Doctor then urged his hearers to look at the rapid strides New South Wales had made since Representative Government had been conferred on the country—to the increase of her material wealth--to the