Object #1014558 from MS-Papers-0032-0018

6 pages written 11 May 1864 by Sir Donald McLean in Auckland Region

From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0018 (58 digitised items). Paper about McLean taking several notable Maori including Wi Taki Ngatata and Matene Te Whiwhi to Turanga (1865), to determine the Maori attitude towards the Paimarire religion.

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Auckland

11 May 1864.



Sir,

The present very critical state of affairs in the Province of Hawkes Bay impels me again to renew my representations of yesterday more fully to His Excellencys Govt. on the necessities of taking early steps for the safety of the lives and properties of the inhabitants.

I have already had the honor of stating that the more immediate danger to be apprehended is from the Uriwera tribe of the upper Wairoa who have been actively engaged in hostilities against Her Majesty's forces this tribe is resident within the Province of Hawkes Bay and only two days march from Napier, they occupy a wild and inaccessible part of the country from which they can with impunity make inroads upon the settled districts. The Uriwera have openly avowed

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their determination to attack Napier and from their wild savage state and revengeful feelings consequent upon losses sustained at Orakau there is every reason to expect they will soon carry this threat into execution.

The friendly or neutral chiefs do not disguise that such is the intention.

Emmissaries are now engaged in enlisting the co-operation of other disaffected tribes to join the Uriwera.

Te Rangihiroa of the Ngatihineuru of Tarawera and te Poihipi of Taupo are most active in their exertions to excite other tribes both against Europeans and Natives at Ahuriri.

The time allowed by the Natives for an

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attack does not exceed 12 or 14 days.

Supplies of ammunition have been lately stored at the Pohui on the Taupo road for this purpose and again removed from there to the Tutera range together with large quantities of provisions. It has also been proposed that the Native women and children at Tangoio Petane and other villages north of Napier should be removed for safety to the Tutera and Maunga haruru ranges.

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The scarcity of food in the districts where hostilities prevail the love of war plunder and excitements that still exists among the large majority of the different tribes and the facilities with which supplies can be obtained in the Ahuriri district fully indicates the very dangerous and precarious position of that Province.

To protect the province from impending danger and prevent its becoming an easy prey to the Natives I would earnestly solicit the early aid of the Govt. to afford that protection which it will be admitted the urgency of the case so justly demands.

I believe that a reinforcement of 5 or 600 troops is absolutely required as such a force might even now be the means of averting hostilities.

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I need scarcely remark to His Excellency's Govt. that the mere fact of an attack upon Hawkes Bay would endanger the whole of the settlements in the Wellington Province and the destruction of life and value of property even in any of the smallest outsettlements in these provinces would have a most prejudicial effect upon the Native minds generally and tend more than anything else to renew and indefinitely prolong hostilities in the country.

I should feel myself wanting in my duty to the inhabitants of Hawkes Bay who are in danger of losing their homes and property as well as to the interests of the General Govt. if I failed to bring the present critical state of that province

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to the notice of His Excellencys Govt.


Very obt. sevt.
D. McL.
Supt.

English (ATL)

Auckland

11 May 1864.



Sir,

The present very critical state of affairs in the Province of Hawkes Bay impels me again to renew my representations of yesterday more fully to His Excellencys Govt. on the necessities of taking early steps for the safety of the lives and properties of the inhabitants.

I have already had the honor of stating that the more immediate danger to be apprehended is from the Uriwera tribe of the upper Wairoa who have been actively engaged in hostilities against Her Majesty's forces this tribe is resident within the Province of Hawkes Bay and only two days march from Napier, they occupy a wild and inaccessible part of the country from which they can with impunity make inroads upon the settled districts. The Uriwera have openly avowed their determination to attack Napier and from their wild savage state and revengeful feelings consequent upon losses sustained at Orakau there is every reason to expect they will soon carry this threat into execution.

The friendly or neutral chiefs do not disguise that such is the intention.

Emmissaries are now engaged in enlisting the co-operation of other disaffected tribes to join the Uriwera.

Te Rangihiroa of the Ngatihineuru of Tarawera and te Poihipi of Taupo are most active in their exertions to excite other tribes both against Europeans and Natives at Ahuriri.

The time allowed by the Natives for an attack does not exceed 12 or 14 days.

Supplies of ammunition have been lately stored at the Pohui on the Taupo road for this purpose and again removed from there to the Tutera range together with large quantities of provisions. It has also been proposed that the Native women and children at Tangoio Petane and other villages north of Napier should be removed for safety to the Tutera and Maunga haruru ranges.

The scarcity of food in the districts where hostilities prevail the love of war plunder and excitements that still exists among the large majority of the different tribes and the facilities with which supplies can be obtained in the Ahuriri district fully indicates the very dangerous and precarious position of that Province.

To protect the province from impending danger and prevent its becoming an easy prey to the Natives I would earnestly solicit the early aid of the Govt. to afford that protection which it will be admitted the urgency of the case so justly demands.

I believe that a reinforcement of 5 or 600 troops is absolutely required as such a force might even now be the means of averting hostilities.

I need scarcely remark to His Excellency's Govt. that the mere fact of an attack upon Hawkes Bay would endanger the whole of the settlements in the Wellington Province and the destruction of life and value of property even in any of the smallest outsettlements in these provinces would have a most prejudicial effect upon the Native minds generally and tend more than anything else to renew and indefinitely prolong hostilities in the country.

I should feel myself wanting in my duty to the inhabitants of Hawkes Bay who are in danger of losing their homes and property as well as to the interests of the General Govt. if I failed to bring the present critical state of that province to the notice of His Excellencys Govt.


Very obt. sevt.
D. McL.
Supt.

Part of:
Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0018 (58 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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