Object #1008596 from MS-Papers-0032-0126

6 pages written 13 Sep 1851 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-0032-0126 (39 digitised items). No Item Description

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Report from 31st. Aug. to 13th. Sep. 1851, inclusive.

Sep. 1 Parade at Ten oclock.

Private Hakopa left Hospital.

Posted letter to you by this day's overland mail to Wellington. Wiremu te Rangi, of Waiwakaiho, came to Barracks and dictated letter to you.

4 CourtDay. Police on duty. C. Brown v. W.K. Hulke, debt dismissed. C. Dary v. Jordan, debt, judgment for plaintiff. S. King v. B. Wicksteed, debt, nonsuited. O Carrington v. Gillam. C. Dary v. Henwood) arranged. Hakopa v. Wiremu Tahana, case, found in bed with plaintiff's wife Tahana and Honi Ropiha Utuhia, native Assessors, sat with Resident Magistrate - decision 32/6 damages by previous arrangement. The amount was paid - there was a large attendance of well dressed Natives all of whom appeared satisfied with the proceedings.

Mr. Thomas Bayly complained to the Resident Magistrate about several horses belonging to Moturoa and Kawau Natives wandering at large about the Town. By Resident Magistrate's direction I told the owners of the horses a complaint had been made and passed over but that they would be ld responsible for any future complaint that might be preferred against them - they admitted the correctness of the charge and promised to secure the horses.

Received a summons against R. Heale.

Sep.5 Overland mail from Wellington - received abstracts and letter from you, forwarded the enclosure to Captain King.

6 General muster and drill - received three summonses.

Resident Magistrate unable to come into Town.

Private Hakopa, after an absence of 14 days caused by sickness, resumed duty.

7 Force in Town met on Parade, then went on duty during Divine Service.

8The "Shepherdess" Swann, 3 days from Wellington with a general cargo, received two letters from you.

Same with government boat left for Waitara to take in cargo.

Received two summonses and a Warrant of Distress.

9 The "Diana", Hopkins, days from Waingaroa, cargo 32 bushels wheat. Executed Warrant against Jordan, received amount of debt and costs. Boat's crew returned to Town.

11 "Shepherdess" seen off the Town. Te Ngahuru complained to Captain King of the loss of 12 kits of potatoes, the property of Parenga of Wairau, by Mr. Cutfield's cattle. Captain King paid 10/-. I applied to Resident Magistrate for an additional man to enable me to carry out the night duties more effectively, in place of Private John Medland reported unfit for that duty.

12 Private Johnson returned from Whanganui having been absent 16 days. Mr. Cutfield arrived at Tataraimaka yesterday from Wellington. Visited watch between 10 and 11 p.m. found all quiet.

13 General muster and drill.

Honi Ropiha's horse was shot in the neck either last night or this morning and brought into Town by Moturoa Natives. Captain King having first seen the horse and obtained the consent of the natives, gave directions for it to be taken to Mr. W. George and placed under his care. On examination the woulds were found extensive and deeply seated some apparently having passed nearly through the neck where the bulk of the charge was received a portion of which being extracted proved to be slugs.

By Resident Magistrate's direction the following notices appeared on the public advertising board.


£10 Reward.

Whereas some evil disposed person did late on Friday night the 12th. instant or early on Saturday morning the 13th. fire at and wound a Chesnut Mare in the neighbourhood of Moturoa, the property of Honi Ropiha.

Any person giving such information as may lead to the conviction of the offender shall receive the above mentioned reward.

(Signed) Henry King.

Resident Magistrate.

Resident Magistrate's Office

New Plymouth

13th. Sep. 1851.


Kotahi tekau pauna utu.

No te mea na te tangata ngakau kino i puhia kino tia ai a 'Meri' hoiho kei Moturoa ranei kei Tarawata ranei ki hea ranei i te po ranei o te Parairei i te ata ranei o te Hatarei. He mea atu tenei e nga tangata me he mea e kite koutou i te puhanga i tana Hoiho me wakaae mai koutou - e mea ana Kamu Kingi kia utua tana tangata mana e whakimai i te tangata nana i pupuhi tana hoiho, kotahi tekau pauna.

(tuhia) Kamu Kingi

Tino Kai Whakawa.

Hepetema 13th. 1851.

Mr. Cutfield arrived in Town from Tataramaika. A meeting of Scrip Holders took place at the Ship Hotel. All here is quiet.

H. Halse. Sergt. New Plymouth
13th. September 1851.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of Police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0126 (39 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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