Object #1003388 from MS-Papers-0032-0022

3 pages written by Arthur Tuke to Turanganui

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items). Comprises correspondence, memoranda and reports from December 1868, relating to the military campaign against Te Kooti.Includes letters from Maori such as Rapata Wahawaha regarding ammunitions

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COPY. 12 / 12 / 68.


In answer to your letter of yesterday's date, in reference to the native contingent at the Front being ill-supplied with supplies of ammunition and food, - I have the honour to state that the morning of the last fight, no less than 38 pack-horses were sent up with supplies; and that the day previous, a note had been received from Lt. Gascoigne, stating that they had sufficient for 2 or 3 days. News, authenticated, also arrived that a large quantity of ammunition had been taken from the enemy, which, with a large supply forwarded in the interim, ought to have been ample.

Large quantities of ammunition and food were brought back from the Front, by the return party of natives; which would at once disprove the idea of their being short of supplies; and on starting, 3 days previously, the Ngatiporou were supplied with at least 5 days' food and ammunition, in addition to 75 rounds per man, they received at the Wairea.

The way I account for the report is, that a small party under Roberts, held a difficult position, after others had returned, and kept up a very heavy fire, expending nearly all their ammunition. They had a quantity left when retiring, and met the supply sent to them from Makeretu, only four miles off from their trenches, but would not return.

A disagreement had taken place between the Chiefs; which led, I believe, to this. Certainly not being ill-supplied.

I have the honour to be Sir, Your obedient servant (Signed)
Arthur Tuke
Sub-Inspector A.C. To:- Major C. Westrupp etc., etc., etc., Turanganui.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0022 (82 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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