Object #1005832 from MS-Papers-0032-0024
From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Correspondence, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0024 (106 digitised items). No Item Description
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December 12th. 1868
I beg to report for your information that Major Lambert having determined to ascertain the truth or otherwise of the account brought in by the Scouts from time to time, as to the presence of a considerable number of the enemy in the Whakapunaki Rangea, - a Force will start from the Kapu consisting of 80 to 100 natives, and 30 Europeans, on Monday morning next; with the intention of securing the camp on the eastern side of the Wairoa river, between puiti and Te Reinga. Pera Ipiko, Rewiti, and several of the leading men of the Tamaiorarangi's Hapu are known (within an ace of certainty) to be in hiding in the Mangapoiki Gorge; together with a large number of women and children. I think it possible we may effect their capture. The Wairoa natives generally are very desirous of marching on Puketapu. I venture to recommend that they be allowed to do so. 300 men could be spared for the purpose (including the Mohaka Contingent). We are in receipt of no news or instructions whatever from Turanga.
If the Government approve of the proposed march on Puketapu, inctructions to that effect should not be delayed. Major Lambert has, at my instance, issued rations to 164 Wairoa natives (Contingent), on the understanding that if required, they pay for the same out of monies due them for services rendered on the Turanga and Whataroa Expeditions. Ths issue to women and children is stopped.
I have the honor to remain dear Sir, Your obedient servant, (Signed)
To:- His Honor D. McLean Esq. Napier.
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