Object #1001963 from MS-Papers-0032-0023
From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0023 (100 digitised items). No Item Description
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March 3rd. 1869 8 p.m.
Ihaka came from his own place yesterday, and told us of affairs in Turanga, and of his having brought 27 in all to his own settlement at Mahia. He proposes keeping his prisoners at Kai Aku.
To-day Toha's captives were brought up and examined, - they are also 27 in number, of whom only 4 are male adults, - Tamati, Taki Taki, Noa, and Tini. Mori Mori accompanied them; never having delivered Mr. Richmond's letter to Pairau, which indeed Toha brought back in his pocket. So much for that business.
We have not added much to our stock of information, respecting matters generally. They establish, beyond dispute, that Te Waru is still positively at the Lake, but not across it, as supposed, - the Ureweras having objected. He is settled at Wanganui a parua. Now this is accessible from here, but we should require canoes to prevent escape by the Lake, as before. He is said to muster with Ngatimatiwai, and his own immediate followers, about 60 men.
They aver Te Kooti to have been largely reinforced by 300 men. This is probably
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a much exaggerated account.
There does not appear anything aganist these people, and the Colonel has wisely requested Toha to take care of them, and be answerable for their good behaviour; which he is quite content to be. They certainly might be made use of in establishing communication with the Ureweras. But Te Waru must be destroyed. It is indispensably necessary for the welfare of the district; and I feel confident that it can be accomplished without any great risk or expense. The natives all feel this, and would willingly co-operate in every way.
Ihaka has left a garrison at Turanga. He wishes his men paid; also says that the women prisoners are wretchedly off for clothing. I asked him whether, if the Government desired it, would he undertake the care of all prisoners that might be brought in. He said Yes. There is a good deal of jealousy about their custody, as I before stated, and it might be both a safe and economical plan to settle them on the Peninsula under his custody.
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There is a somewhat trumpery matter occurred to-day, that I should be ashamed to allude to, were it not that misunderstandings so quickly grow up. Captain Deighton thought it necessary to complain to the Chiefs who were assembled to meet the Colonel, that they never carried him information, etc., as heretofore; and hinted that I had prevented them so doing. Their reply simply stated the fact in these words, - ''We have not carried Mr. Worgan information; he has collected it himself; and the same course was open to you.'' He said he would write you about it, etc., I am vexed, - in that I have always been his friend, and the allegation is both untrue and uncalled for. It is, however, hardly worth mentioning.
I don't know that there is anything further worth notice. The sooner a decision about Te Waru is arrived at, the better.
I beg to remain dear Sir, Your obedient servant (Signed)
To:- D. McLean Esq. Napier.
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P.S. Do not the Government intend giving Paora te Apatu and Tamihana anything for their services? They are certainly entitled to it. having always rendered any assistance in their power. Mr. Richmond has presented Ihaka with £50, and another £50 for Kopu's widow.
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0023 (100 digitised items)
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