Object #1014278 from MS-Papers-0032-0171

2 pages written 17 Jun 1873 by Herbert William Brabant in Opotiki to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington

From: Inward letters - H W Brabant, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0171 (21 digitised items). 17 letters written from Opotiki, Raglan & Tauranga, 1870-1876. Includes letter in Maori from Tutekauahau [?], 11 Sep 1874 written from Maungapowhatu (with translation).

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Opotiki
June 17th. 1873.


My dear Sir,

I regret to have to inform you that the behaviour of Tamaikowha of Te Waimana has been somewhat unsatisfactory of late. Some time ago a quarrel occurred between the Ngatipukeko and the Uriwera about one of the former tribe having "cursed" one of the latter's dead. Tamaikowha endeavoured to stir up this quarrel but without success. More lately he has given offence to the Ngatihuri by seriously wounding a young man who he suspected of having intercourse with one of his wives. I hope this has blown over. Suggestions were made to me by various natives, that it was my duty to try him for this offence, I did not however take any steps, fearing that any rash interference might drive Tamaikowha to some deed of violence.

He and his people have been as you are aware road making under the Public Works department. He has just finished his contract, but has had

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a dispute with Mr. Crapp the Public Works officer in charge about the amount due to him. They referred this to me three days ago. The sum Tamaikowha was to get was originally settled by me, he says however that Captain Turner when at Te Waimana promised him something for some extra work; this Mr. Crapp denies. On the occasion referred to Tamaikowha told me that if he was again deceived by Government he would ill some European and run away and join the Waikatos - the word "again" referring to a claim he has for Militia services, forwarded by me some time since. I told him he would gain nothing by threats and have written to Capt Turner on the subject. Although Tamai kowha has sometimes been somewhat blunt and uncivil to me, he has never lost his temper before.

From information received from Henui Kakitu I fear that Tamaikowha is doing his best to cause mischief, but I do not think that he is supported by anyone at present. His people are anxious for further work on the roads, which I shall endeavour to arrange. I think that a letter from you to him thanking him for his services in roadmaking might have a good effect/


I remain Yours very respectfully,
Herbert W. Brabant.
To:-- The Hon.D. McLean Wellington

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Opotiki
June 17th. 1873.


My dear Sir,

I regret to have to inform you that the behaviour of Tamaikowha of Te Waimana has been somewhat unsatisfactory of late. Some time ago a quarrel occurred between the Ngatipukeko and the Uriwera about one of the former tribe having "cursed" one of the latter's dead. Tamaikowha endeavoured to stir up this quarrel but without success. More lately he has given offence to the Ngatihuri by seriously wounding a young man who he suspected of having intercourse with one of his wives. I hope this has blown over. Suggestions were made to me by various natives, that it was my duty to try him for this offence, I did not however take any steps, fearing that any rash interference might drive Tamaikowha to some deed of violence.

He and his people have been as you are aware road making under the Public Works department. He has just finished his contract, but has had a dispute with Mr. Crapp the Public Works officer in charge about the amount due to him. They referred this to me three days ago. The sum Tamaikowha was to get was originally settled by me, he says however that Captain Turner when at Te Waimana promised him something for some extra work; this Mr. Crapp denies. On the occasion referred to Tamaikowha told me that if he was again deceived by Government he would ill some European and run away and join the Waikatos - the word "again" referring to a claim he has for Militia services, forwarded by me some time since. I told him he would gain nothing by threats and have written to Capt Turner on the subject. Although Tamai kowha has sometimes been somewhat blunt and uncivil to me, he has never lost his temper before.

From information received from Henui Kakitu I fear that Tamaikowha is doing his best to cause mischief, but I do not think that he is supported by anyone at present. His people are anxious for further work on the roads, which I shall endeavour to arrange. I think that a letter from you to him thanking him for his services in roadmaking might have a good effect/


I remain Yours very respectfully,
Herbert W. Brabant.
To:-- The Hon.D. McLean Wellington

Part of:
Inward letters - H W Brabant, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0171 (21 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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