Object #1015980 from MS-Papers-0032-0018
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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June 14th. 1865.
Shortly after the arrival of the Hau Haus in this district, two Union Jacks were sent,- one for Pitiera Kopu; the other for Paora Apatu; since which time a flag has also been given to Hamana, to Tiepiwai. (the one which was promised him, when last in Town), which he hoisted in his pa, nearly on the ground where the Hau Haus were driven off on the 18th. May. On its being first hoisted, the Hau Haus said they would cut it down. But as they were given to understand that it was not intended as a "Whakataki riri",- but as a sign of adhesion to the Queen's Government, and at the same time informed that it would be defended, if touched, they dropped the question. But since that, a small party of the Wairoa natives have tried to make it a matter of disturbance, and sent to the Waru for help. But he answered the messengers to the effect that he would have nothing to do with fighting on this Coast. If anyone wished to fight they could go elsewhere; and further,- that Hamana
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had every right to fly his flag. Finding nothing could be done in that quarter, they tried the Wakaki,- where Paora, Karori, and others state they
will not touch the flag. But the discontented have so far succeeded as to be able to get up a Runanga to consider the matter at the Wakaki. I trust, with care, and proper precautions, to avert this difficulty, and to keep this district quiet until the natives settle down again to their former state of peace; which many are doing, and the others will soon do the same, if these small after claps(?) are properly attended to.
Trusting that this, like all other previous attempts in this district, will be defeated,
Your obedient servant, (Signed)
To:- His Honor, D. McLean Esq.
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