Object #1012581 from MS-Papers-0032-0660
From: Inward letters - J Wyllie, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0660 (8 digitised items). Eight letters, memos and reports written from Poverty Bay, 1865-1869
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Donald McLean Esqr.
Superintendent of Province,
I beg to submit the following statement ''of facts'' (relative to recent outrages committed by the HauHaus of this District), for your information.
I left my home at Putoko near Pa tu tahu on the morning of 1st Novemr. in consequence of a notice received from the chiefs Poki Poki Te Kepa and Te Otene Te Whare both leaders of the Hau Hau. The terms of the notice were as follows - ''whaka atea atu korua ki wahi ke waiho akonei, you leave this ground & go elsewhere and leave it Vacant for the government & the to use as a flighting ground, hei ruma piri mo te HauHau raua ko te Kawana''.
Acting on this warning I conveyed my family with all speed to Turanga Nui.
On the forenoon of 2d Novemr. I returned to Putokowith a bullock sledge for the purpose of procuring a few articles of food and clothing. While there, a band of hau Haus numbering about thirty, came to the place, and smashed in the doors of two of my houses. I stood by h looking at them but offered no remonstrance or advice in the matter in fact I deemed that quite useless, under the circumstances. The work of pillage commenced
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under my eyes, the natives behaving in the most outrageous manner finally they permitted me to retire with the few articles I had got on the sledge
On the 7th Novemr. I again started for Putoko, on a visit of inspection, in passing Mr. Parris homestead I came right on a band of HauHaus from the tribe of Te Whanau a Kai'' they had finished the pillage of the house and had just driven in about thirty pigs belonging to Parr which they were preparing to carry off to Patutahi.
I told them I was on my way to see my place they said ''do not go. Roitangi koe, your zinc house has been torn down and melted into bullets and your wooden house has been gutted and completely destroyed so far as furniture inside fittings, doors, windows etc. go - farther the tribe Te whanau a Kai, have seized your land and place so that you cannot return there - your crops and pigs are also destroyed.
On receiving this intelligence I thought it adviseable to retire.
I have only to add that with the exception of my family's body-clothing I have lost all and am at once reduced to a position of positive destitution.
I have the honor to be Sir
Your most obedt. S rvt.
Inward letters - J Wyllie, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0660 (8 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)
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