Object #1012487 from MS-Papers-0032-0022

3 pages written 15 Nov 1868 by William Leonard Williams to Sir Donald McLean

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. Waikahua

November 15th. 1868

I am sorry I cannot report any improvement as yet in the state of affairs here. Kooti has gone as far as Oweta, and burnt all the settlers' houses in the neighbourhood. He went to Oweta yesterday, and told the people whom he found there that if they would not join him, he would have them all shot. Renata Whakaari was shot at once, and seven others put under arrest, probably for the same purpose. These are Paratene Pototi, Wiremu Kiriahi, Kemara Manutahi, Iraia Riki, Waaka Puakanga, Ihimaira, okopu, and poor old Pera. Rihara Rerewhata got away yesterday, and came over here. Hori Rahanihi, and a number of others from Whakawhitira, Matanga Toti is also at the Muriwai.

Kooti got the guns burnt, they say, which he found at Oweta, because they had contracted a ''hara'' in that they were used at Waerengahika, where the Hau Haus were defeated. They would consider them, I suppose, unlucky. It is all the better that he should have so many fewer than he might have had. They say he is going to have 3 Pahs - one at Kohanga Karaearea, another at Pukeamionga, and a third up the Ohakuatui Valley, at the back of Patutahi. The latter place is where his women's children are, and he is going to have the women and children of Ngatimaru, etc. moved up there, to be out of the way of the men he will have under himself at Kohanga Karearea. If this correct, he means to stand here and fight.

The ''Ahuriri'' came in this morning from Waiapu, but she brings no men. I have not yet heard what the reason is, but I imagine it is that Ngatiporou do not care to send any more men. It is a great pity that they cannot send the Regular Troops to take care of Clyde, and so set our local levies at liberty to go wherever their services may be required. If something is not done promptly, and effectually too, the name sad scenes will be enacted all over the country; and District after district will have to be abandoned.

I am glad to find that poor old Edwards was not left at Oweta. He is at Whangawehi.

The ''Ahuriri'' will probably be sent across this morning to the Muriwai, to give the people there a chance of coming over, if they like to avail themselves of it. They have hitherto declared their determination to stick to the place, and asked for assistance; but it does not seem likely that they would be able to hold it; and should such be the case, the Hau Haus might get possession of a number more firearms.

I am glad you have been writing to poor Mrs. Lowry. I have not been able to gather any particulars so far, beyond the fact that poor Mr. W. Fired on the Hau Haus 3 times, and made them draw back. They then came in greater force, and overpowered him. It is a sad thing, too, that there is not a relic of any sort to be got from any of their houses; for all are burnt.

W.L. Williams.

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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