Object #1018396 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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Civil Commissioner's Office. Napier.
March 5th. 1865.
Since my letters of the 25th. and 27th. ultimo, I have nothing to add to, or diminish from what I have already said, nor anything fresh of importance to report, except that the Pai Marire, or Hau superstition continues to spread among the Maoris in this Province.
I enclose the copy of a letter which has reached me to-day, from Paora Rerepu, of Mohaka, applying for arms and ammunition to defend his party from danger which he apprehends from these fanaties, and Which he looks upon as imminent.
As this Chief is a man of high rank, and one of the few in the Province upon whose loyalty reliance can be placed, I have arranged with
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the Adjutant of Militia to send him 20 stand of arms, and 1200 rounds of ammunition, per H.M. cutter "Iris"
Karaitiana's Meeting takes place tomorrow; so I shall not be able to report the result till the 16th.
Tareha tells me that from advice he has received from Waikato, there is no danger of any large number of Hau Hau fanatics coming here in a body; but that they are daily arriving, and will continue to come in twos and threes, mainly for the purpose of begging for food and clothing; and that he can, or what amounts to the same thing, that he will neither stop them from coming, nor prevent their remaining in the Province; but that he can undertake to say that they shall not disturb the peace.
Of course this
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undertaking of Tareha's must be taken for what it is worth, I myself believe that he sincerely thinks he can safely undertake to do so. But the fact that the most friendly Chiefs, and those two of the highest rank in the Province, can neither prevent the arrival, nor control the stay amongst us, of the propagandists of this incendiary superstition, seems of itself sufficient to shew that if the lives and properties of H. M. subjects in Hawke's Bay are considered worth defending at all, we are bound to do something more than we seem at present in a position to do, towards resisting an onslaught that may be made at any moment.
I have, etc., (Signed)
G. S. Cooper.
Acting Civil Commissioner. To:- The Honorable, The Minister for Native Affairs Wellington.
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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