Object #1008543 from MS-Papers-0032-0125

4 pages written 16 Oct 1850 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 digitised items). No Item Description

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Copy. New Plymouth

October 16th. 1850.


I beg to inform you that the case of Hone Ropiha, Wareroa, and other natives v. William Henwood, was heard yesterday, by a full bench of Magistrates; and after a long investigation, adjourned to this day, for further evidence.

During the hearing the natives exhibited much impatience, and when informed of the adjournment, they became excited, and went to the Kawau, formed a party of about 30 (some armed) headed by Paratene and Karira, and rushed in a wild state to the "Ship Hotel" where they seized Henwood's horse, saddle and bridle, and returned to the Pah.

About an hout after the seizure, I went to the Kawau with Honi Ropiha, Poharama, Te Waka, Hone Ropiha Wareroa, and others; and endeavoured to get the horse restored.

Karira rose and said - "I told you to make short work of this, but you prolonged it. The horse will not be restored."

Before concluding this short notice of the violent and lawless conduct of the natives, I should state that the Town, Moturoa, and other natives appeared to be in league; and I believe, without excepting Honi Ropiha and other natives, who professed to use their exertions in preventing violence, they were all acting in contempt and opposition of Government.

I have the honour to be Sir, Your most obedient, humble servant (Signed)
H. Halse
Sergt. A.P.F. To:- D. McLean Esq. J.P.
Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 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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