Object #1018444 from MS-Papers-0032-0124

9 pages written 1850-1851 by Henry Halse and Henry King in New Plymouth District and New Plymouth to Sir Donald McLean in New Plymouth District

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0124 (59 digitised items). Includes a letter in Maori giving assurances that they will do whatever is expected of them from the police

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COPY. New Plymouth
May 27th. 1850.


I beg to forward, in continuation, the Police Report, for the fortnight ending this day.

May 13th.

I wrote to you by the Overland Wellington Mail, and enclosed particulars of Mr. William Bayly's dispute with Parata, and other Puketapu natives.

Arrived - Schooner "Erino", 12 tons, Garrick, from Waitara, and sailed for Kawhia with native trade.

May 14th.

Arrived - Schooner "Shepperdess", 40 tons, Swan, 4 days from Wellington, cargo, bricks and sundries; passenger, Spargo, a mason from New South Wales.

Honi Ropiha complained against Charles Clare, for taking away a block of rata from the road running through native reserve 183, and leading to the Mangare district. Inquired into by the Police.

Schooner "Shepperdess" went to sea.

Edward Freeman, a man living with natives, had his left hand crushed in a thrashing machine. He was taken to the Colonial Hospital, and on examination, amputation was found necessary.

Parata came to Barracks, and told me he intended to return, and finish the first part of his contract with Mr. Bayly. If not then paid, the affair would be determined by the tomahawk.

May 15th.

A misunderstanding arose between Ihaka and S. Oliver, about the quantity of wheat delivered by the former. An enquiry was made, and arranged by the Police.

Tamati, Pita, Matiu, and other Pah natives, living in the town, came to Barracks, and expressed a wish that Captain King would prevent his tenant, on Captain Bulkely's section, letting his cattle run at large, while their wheat was on the ground, which they promised to remove at an early opportunity.

Tamati Waka, a Puketapu native, came to town and asked whether he was to attend at the Police Barracks as usual on Saturdays. The question was submitted to Captain King, who desired me to write to you for information.

Mr. W. Bayly, Parata, and other Puketapu natives, came to Barracks on behalf of Mr. Bayly. I tendered Parata the first instalment £3.1.3, which he refused, and demanded £5. If not paid, the cart and bullocks would be seized.

I found Hemi and Hiriwanu very insolvent. It was subsequently arranged that reference should be made to Captain King, conditionally that his decision should be in their favour. Otherwise the cart and bullocks would be seized.

May 17th.

I wrote to Honi Ropiha this morning, and afterwards consulted with him upon yesterday's business.

Mr. W. Bayly came to Barracks, and complained against a Puketapu native, Tamihana, entering his house and carrying away an iron pot, which was on the fire, containing water gruel, which he threw away; and having cooked his food, returned it.

Overland Mail from Auckland. I was advised by the Postmaster, not to take up your letters.

May 18th.

I attended at the Police Office, and ecplained to Captain King the state of Bayly's case - the opinions of Rawiri, Honi Ropiha, and other influential natives, on the probable result of it. Captain King was of opinion that blame attached to both parties, but in order to avoid trouble, he gave me £1, and W. Bayly gave me another £1, which made up the sum demanded by the natives.

I posted a letter to you.

The Schooner, "Shepherdess" returned from sea. General muster during my absence at the Police Office. The men were engaged cleaning the store arms at the Barracks.

Overland Mail from Wellington.

May 19th.

Sunday Parade at 10 o'clock.

Schooner "Shepherdess", Swan, sailed for Wellington, passengers - Fanny Perry and younger brother. Cargo - 19 3/4 tons flour, 2 1/2 tons bran, 2 3/4 tons potatoes, 1 1/4 tons onions, 13 cwt turnips.

May 20th.

By Captain King's direction, I wrote to him on the subject of Mr. W. Bayly's recent dispute with Parata, and other Puketapu natives.

Parata, Hemi, and Hiriwanu came to Barracks, after signing a receipt, with a promise to abandon the remaining part of the agreement. I gave the former £5.

James Channel and his son, only 9 years of age, found in the public street, in a helpless state of drunkeness, and locked up.

May 21st.

Thunder storm, with heavy rain.

The police appeared against. J. Channel. He was liberated on bail, to appear next Thursday.

Overland Mail left for Auckland.

Spargo, a man from New South Wales, left with the postman.

I gave Piriha a letter for you. He leaves this day for Wanganui.

Dr. Wilson called at the Barracks, and informed me that you had arrived at Wanganui.

May 22nd.

Honi Ropiha told me that he had been to Munu, the native in possession of a part of Captain King's section at the Waiwakaiho, who said he intended to use the land this year; and if Europeans went there, they might burn him.

Honi Ropiha recommends that the land which Humi is on, should be cultivated immediately; and so shut him out, and that some person be present while the suggestion is carried into effect.

I attended at the Police Office, with one of the Force.

J. Channel reprimanded by the Resident Magistrate, and fined 5/- with costs.

Mr. Standish confined to his bed.

I informed Captain King that Te Munu refused to leave the section.

I submitted Honi Ropiha's complaint against Clare, to Captain King, which was afterwards arranged by the Police.

The following was posted, by direction of Captain King:-



Frequent disputes having arisen between the Europeans and natives, in consequence of the Agreements entered into, for the performance of Contract work, in clearing land, not being properly understood, I consider it necessary to caution all the settlers on this point, and to recommend that reference in such cases be made to Mr. Henry Ealse, in order that no cause of difficulty, or dispute, be likely to occur, by a perfect explanation and understanding being made, before the work be begun.

Henry King.
Resident Magistrate. New Plymouth
May 23rd. 1850.

Hoere complained of not being paid in full by Mr. Lakeman, for potatoes delivered. Inquired into, and arranged by the Police.

May 24th.

By Captain King's direction, I went to the Colonial Hospital, to examine unserviceable articles.

May 25th.

Medland engaged at the Police Office, in place of Mr. Standish, ill. General muster.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0124 (59 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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