Object #1005116 from MS-Papers-0032-0048
From: Minister of Colonial Defence - East Coast hostilities, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0048 (47 digitised items).
Includes correspondence between iwi advising each other of their planned intentions and strategies for dealing with warring iwi and from Lucy Grey regarding events in Taranaki
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
9th. October 1870.
I forward the following for your information, in accordance with your instructions that I should send you any native intelligence that may come to my knowledge from time to time.
Titokowharu left Omoturangi (inland of, and about 3 miles from Kaupokomui) on or about Thursday (6th.), en route for the Waitara. He said he would not return by the track he came, but would go home by theouter path, passing by Ketemarae. From this, Honi Pihama is of opinion that he has gone through Te Ngaere.
The Friendlies at Opunake and Oeo express themselves much enraged with Titoko and his hapu for the way in which they acted towards them, when they passed through the above-named place; - stealing somt things belonging to Honi Pihama, and Europeans, at Te Naumo; breaking into Hakaraia's house at Opunake, and taking away some of his property; also driving away about 30 sheep belonging to Hakaraia and Ihaia.
Titoko told Hone Pihama and others to remain where they are; that they might not go on the land be-
-tween Kapani and Waingongoro, as that land was a matter between himself and the Government. If the Government was ''aroha'' he would be ''aroha''; but at present he and the Government were carrying their guns upright, one watching the other; and when the Government bring their guns to the ''present'', he would also bring his to the ''present.''
He mentioned that some of the Friendlies were against accompanying any European force, as he would give them no mercy if they did so. The reason they gave for taking Hakaraia's sheep is that one of their dogs died from eating some poison laid by Hakaraia on his land, and they took the sheep, etc., as ''utu.''
The Friendlies all desire to be armed, as from the ''whakahihi'' way in which Titoko and his people behaved, they are in doubt as to whether they mean to remain quiet or not; and therefore wish to be in a position to defend themselves against any attack from Ngatiruahino. Honi Pihama will be at Patea on Saturday, and will consult you upon the matter, by telegraph.
The foregoign I learnt in going to Opunake yesterday, and in returning to Waihi to-day.
I remain, Sir
Your obedient servant
R.E. Blake Capt. C.P.M.
The Hon. D. McLean
Native and Defence Minister
Minister of Colonial Defence - East Coast hostilities, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0048 (47 digitised items)
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