Object #1016307 from MS-Papers-0032-0393

3 pages written 17 Jun 1865 by Samuel Locke in Wairoa to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Samuel Locke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0393 (103 digitised items). 104 letters written from Hawke's Bay, 1860-1870

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June 17th 1865


In my letter of the 14th Inst. I stated that a certain portion of the discontented here had so far succeeded in their object as to get up a runanga at the Wakaki for the purpose of considering as to what should be done with respect to the flag hoisted at Hamana's pa. On Thursday the 15th Watene, Bonaparte and many others came to the Wairoa the next morning Kopu, Paora Apatu, Te Rito, and myself, after some consultation rode to the Uhi, the Pa of the Hauhau unaccompanied by any followers for the purpose of demanding an explanation, and to have a final korero. We went to a house at the same place we assembled on the 18th May within a short distance of Hamana's flag, and then sent a message to the chiefs of the Hauhau stating what we had come for, and that we requested that their leading men would come and explain with respect to their threats to interfere with the Queens flag. After a short time Watene and the other leading men came when Karauria a loyal Native a near relative of Hamana got up and stated what he had heard with respect to the threats and demanded an explanation, then Paora Apatu dillikewise at the same time telling them that they the Loyal Natives had hoisted the flag and that they would defend it, but as I enclose the speeches for the Waka Maori, it is unnecessary oing into particulars of that kind. The meeting ended by the Hauhau walking off, looking much crest fallen and shortly after we received a message from Watene asking leave to cross to the Mohaka, stating that he would travel with but one or two companies, and that the rest of the Natives, from other places, should return at once. We consented to his request on the understanding that he went by the head of the Waiau, and that he should not teach his doctrine. On the following day accordingly the remnant of the Hauhau departed from this District. Before departing Watene and Bonaparte made long farewell speeches, in which they said that their sole wish now was peace, and that this coast should be saved from bloodshed. Watene said that he should endeavour now to prevent any further disturbance in this District, and Bonaparte refused to take any one from here, to the Waikato, with him. They further stated that Henere the Apatore had laid down the rule here formerly and that now they wished every one to abide by what Paori Apatu had said (his speech is enclosed) although every precaution is still required I feel that with care all will go well here now, as the matter is put on a more peaceful footing. Every grievance has now to be brought before a Tribunal and there to be investigated.

I remain, Sir
Your Obedt. Servt.
S. Locke
To his Honor D. McLean Esqre. Superintendent

Part of:
Inward letters - Samuel Locke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0393 (103 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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