April 12th. 1851.
I beg to forward the Police Report, for the fortnight ending this day:-
A schooner off the town in the afternoon.
A native from Puketapu came into town, and reported the "John Whiteley" on the rocks at Kawaroa. Three of the Police, and many settlers left immediately for that place, and were followed by the Beach Master and a boat's crew.
Posted a letter to you, and feft for the wreck.
On arrival, found the vessel a complete wreck, and the cargo, which had floated, saved by the natives, piled on the beach.
Rawiri, Tahana, Katatori, Parata, and Hakopa made themselves conspicuous by their exertions to protect the scattered property, on a line of beach completely alive with natives from all parts of the district.
By direction of the Resident Magistrate, who was there with the Sub-Collector of Customs, I left one of the Police in charge of the anchor, chain, and rigging, and returned to town.
Te Tahana (an Assessor) volunteered to keep watch with the Police.
Overland Mail left for Wellington.
Hakopa fell off his horse, yesterday, and injured his arm. He is, for the present, unfit for town duty.
Police on duty at Kawaroa.
Mr. Barraball complained of Wiremu te Ahoaho taking a chain from his house this morning, as payment for cattle trespass. I went to te Ahoaho, who assigned a frivolous excuse, and returned the chain to the owner.
Overland Mail from Auckland.
The "Cresswell" had arrived from England.
Received 1 letter and 2 Gazettes for you.
Court Day. No case.
Received 8 Summonses.
Police still on duty at Kawaroa.
The anchor, chain and rigging belonging to the "John Whiteley", having been brought to town in the Government boat, the police were withdrawn.
General muster. Absent - Newsham.
One of the town Police left for Omata, to serve a Summons in that district.
Overland Mail from Wellington.
The "Victory" had arrived there.
A cask of tobacco, weighing 210 lbs. was, with the previous approval of the natives themselves, given to the Puketapus and other tribes, for their conduct in saving cargo from the wreck.
The Resident Magistrate, in addition to the above, gave Tamihana and Tame Watene £1 each, for saving the children and Mrs. Liddell; and Tahana £1, for services rendered, likewise a blanket to Hakopa, for his brother, in place of one accidentally burnt, while keeping watch with Tahana.
Overland Mail left for Auckland.
Mr. Nairn complained to the Resident Magistrate of interruptions from Waiwakaiho natives, who had commenced cultivating the land on which he was living.
Wiremu Piti complained to the Resident Magistrate that Mr. Smart was cultivating land outside the South East boundary of the Fitz Roy purchase, running through his farm.
By direction of Resident Magistrate, I went to Waiwakaiho. Found the natives, with the exception of Honi Ropiha - determined on Mr. Nairn quitting the farm, on the ground that he was a squatter, and had never paid anything for the land. Mr. Nairn promised to leave at the end of next month.
Mr. Carrington, surveyor, marked out the Fitz-Roy boundary, as laid down in the map, shewing that Mr. Smart was only ploughing his own land. Wiremu te Ahoaho disputed the survey, declaring the boundary, as marked out, an encroachment; and that he had formerly disputed this question with you. This I have already reported to you.
The "Undine", 2 days from Nelson, with the Bishop of New Zealand.
Honi Ropiha came to Barracks, and told me that Te Ahoaho and Wiremu Erangi had agreed to his suggestion to let the disputed land between the Fitz-Roy and native boundary remain uncultivated by both parties until your return.
I reported the above to the Resident Magistrate.
The "Undine" sailed for Auckland, with the Bishop of New Zealand.
The "Isabella Hercus", 618 tons, Houston, 10 days from Wellington; passengers, Mr. and Mrs. de Mole and 2 servants, and goods, for this settlement.
Hakopa resumed his duties.
The "Isabella Hercus" having discharged, sailed for Penang.
General muster. I was engaged the whole of the day with natives, in petty differences with Europeans.
Te Tahana, and two of the Police, went to a clearing inland, belonging to James Oliver, to ascertain whether a native named Ruka had completed his
work there. They considered the work tolerably well finished.
Te Tahana returned, a cross-out saw, taken by Ruka, in consequence of J. Oliver not paying him the balance due on the work in question.
The duties of the Police continue to be attended to as usual, and all here is quiet.
I have the honour to be
Your most obedient servant
D. McLean Esq. J.P.
Inspector of Police.