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NOTES ON NEW ZEALAND.

brought from England, and the different breeds have been kept up; but the merino sheep, which at present constitute the largest flocks, were originally the Spanish merino imported to Australia and thence to New Zealand. The same careful attention is not given to domestic animals and cattle of every description in New Zealand as in England; they are allowed to look after themselves to a greater extent, and are stronger and hardier.

The native inhabitants of New Zealand, the Maoris, are a fine race of men, intelligent and physically well developed; but unfortunately they are now deteriorating,