Object #1015315 from MS-Papers-0032-0018

3 pages written 26 Apr 1865 by Samuel Locke to Sir Donald McLean in Napier City

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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COPY. Waiora,
April 26th. 1865.


Dear Sir,

I am happy to say that at present all goes well; but things are far from what I wish to see them. There are many of the enemy hanging about in all directions, although the main body has left.

Kopu has received notice that he will be murdered; and always sleeps with his gun loaded by his side; and many other little things, which show that all is not quite right yet; although I have no doubt, but with careful and cautious management, it will be, in the end.

I thought fit, when the worst of it was going on, to organise ten native police; which have been kept up to this time. But now I hear that Deighton intends to disband them; which I consider a mistake. But I don't wish to interfere, having no authority. Besides, I perceive a slight shade of jealousy on his part. So I intend, as the worst is over, not to act in any way, unless I have authority to do so. There are too many great men here! I see no difficulty in managing the matter, so I will, as I said, look on.

I was at a Meeting at Turiroa yesterday; when it was finally settled to sell

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the whole Block.

I shall go there to survey tomorrow; and to survey Kohea's Block at the same time. Kohea wishes me to tell you that he is not a Hau Hau. I have sent Linley(?) with two men, to go over Morgan's Block. It borders on the Urewera. I have sent with him a halfcaste, to collect information; and Toha is also going.

Could I have a hundred or two pounds, on account of purchases, put into the Bank of New Zealand? I am obliged, sometimes, to make small advances. I have written for some on account of Surveys.

I enclose the boundaries of the Block offered by Morgan. From what I have seen of it, there are over One hundred thousand acres. It borders on Ngatihineruru, and Faora Huniraka's country, and comes down the Waiau till it joins on to the Blocks offered by Kohea and that party; which Block joins on to the Turiroa Block; which Block joins on to the Block you bought. These Blocks do not take in Paora Rerepu's land at Mohaka. Of course a great deal of this land is in the Auckland Province.

There is an old woman here related to the Parapara, Whitu's father, named Hikairo, who seems to be a great claimant over the sought Block that Bousfield surveyed; also to Kaingawa. A part of the frontage to the Turiroa Block, was sold years ago to a man named Longmore. Captain Harris, of Turanga, knows the circumstances; but it is all included in the present offer.

We have had no mail here for a fortnight now. The news from Turanga - if it be true - appears

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to be good, on the whole. There is a good opportunity now to bring that district under Government control, now the Missionaries are turned out. It would require a man with some go in him to do it. Something ought to be done with respect to the expelled Waikatos. They have no place to go. No place appears to have been reserved for them to retire to, if they wished to give up fighting.

With respect to the letters sent by Morgan, I have nothing to do with them. It seems that he heard that there was likely to be a road along the river bank, (the proper place); and as he had, with Riddell's money, bought Atwood out of a piece of land on the banks of the river, of course the road would injure the garden, but not the house. But the town cannot be spoilt for the sake of his garden. There is no one else situated in the same way. He asked me to forward the papers, which I have done; but I told him that I thought the Crown Lands Commissioner had something to to do with public lands; also the Council.

Hoping that you are recovering fast,

I remain dear Sir,
Your obedient servant, (Signed)
S. Locke.
To:- His Honor, D. McLean, Napier.

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COPY. Waiora,
April 26th. 1865.


Dear Sir,

I am happy to say that at present all goes well; but things are far from what I wish to see them. There are many of the enemy hanging about in all directions, although the main body has left.

Kopu has received notice that he will be murdered; and always sleeps with his gun loaded by his side; and many other little things, which show that all is not quite right yet; although I have no doubt, but with careful and cautious management, it will be, in the end.

I thought fit, when the worst of it was going on, to organise ten native police; which have been kept up to this time. But now I hear that Deighton intends to disband them; which I consider a mistake. But I don't wish to interfere, having no authority. Besides, I perceive a slight shade of jealousy on his part. So I intend, as the worst is over, not to act in any way, unless I have authority to do so. There are too many great men here! I see no difficulty in managing the matter, so I will, as I said, look on.

I was at a Meeting at Turiroa yesterday; when it was finally settled to sell the whole Block.

I shall go there to survey tomorrow; and to survey Kohea's Block at the same time. Kohea wishes me to tell you that he is not a Hau Hau. I have sent Linley(?) with two men, to go over Morgan's Block. It borders on the Urewera. I have sent with him a halfcaste, to collect information; and Toha is also going.

Could I have a hundred or two pounds, on account of purchases, put into the Bank of New Zealand? I am obliged, sometimes, to make small advances. I have written for some on account of Surveys.

I enclose the boundaries of the Block offered by Morgan. From what I have seen of it, there are over One hundred thousand acres. It borders on Ngatihineruru, and Faora Huniraka's country, and comes down the Waiau till it joins on to the Blocks offered by Kohea and that party; which Block joins on to the Turiroa Block; which Block joins on to the Block you bought. These Blocks do not take in Paora Rerepu's land at Mohaka. Of course a great deal of this land is in the Auckland Province.

There is an old woman here related to the Parapara, Whitu's father, named Hikairo, who seems to be a great claimant over the sought Block that Bousfield surveyed; also to Kaingawa. A part of the frontage to the Turiroa Block, was sold years ago to a man named Longmore. Captain Harris, of Turanga, knows the circumstances; but it is all included in the present offer.

We have had no mail here for a fortnight now. The news from Turanga - if it be true - appears to be good, on the whole. There is a good opportunity now to bring that district under Government control, now the Missionaries are turned out. It would require a man with some go in him to do it. Something ought to be done with respect to the expelled Waikatos. They have no place to go. No place appears to have been reserved for them to retire to, if they wished to give up fighting.

With respect to the letters sent by Morgan, I have nothing to do with them. It seems that he heard that there was likely to be a road along the river bank, (the proper place); and as he had, with Riddell's money, bought Atwood out of a piece of land on the banks of the river, of course the road would injure the garden, but not the house. But the town cannot be spoilt for the sake of his garden. There is no one else situated in the same way. He asked me to forward the papers, which I have done; but I told him that I thought the Crown Lands Commissioner had something to to do with public lands; also the Council.

Hoping that you are recovering fast,

I remain dear Sir,
Your obedient servant, (Signed)
S. Locke.
To:- His Honor, D. McLean, Napier.

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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