Object #1019911 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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July 24th. 1865
I have the honor to report that since the engagement in which the friendly natives were obliged to retreat from Tiki Tiki nothing of importance occurred till the arrival of the Military setlers under Captain Fraser who landed on the 13th. Inst. The day following they were Taken out to discharge their pieces upon which accasion one Rebel was shot as he was coming out of his house one or two were wounded at the same time.
On the 18th. Inst. some Natives were seen driving off Te Mokenas sheep, upon which a party of about 30 Military Settlers and Volunteers were sent out under Mr. Gascoyne to intercept them, Capt. Fraser remaining with the reserve in an elevated position
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near the pa; I accompanied the Volunteers with a few Natives, after taking up a position at about 1/2 mile from the Pa the Rebels poured in a pretty smart volley but as we were well covered it did us little damage the firing was kept up for some little time and as the Rebels were mustering strong Capt. Fraser sent out some more men under Mr. Biggs to our assistance and shortly afterwards as night was approaching we were recalled, we had two men wounded, and we heard afterwards that the Rebels lost 7 killed besides several
The following day the Rebels made their appearance on the bank of the river which they had approached under cover of some Manuka scrub and effected a crossing, I happeced to be outside the Pa near the river at the time with six or seven Natives and two Europeans, and on their making their appearance on the other side we kept up a pretty smart fire killing two and wounding ten, but on account of the heavy firing kept up by their friends in the scrub we were obliged to retire to the Pa.
On arriving on this side they took up position under cover in all directions and poured in an incessant fire which was warmly returned by
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our side, and continued till dark. As it was Mokenas wish to draw them from their cover he did not wish Captain Fraser to send out any troops to cut them off, which might have been very easily don. Several sallies were however made during the day, one by Mr. Biggs witha small party of Volunteers and three or four Natives, and the others by Natives, one Native on our side was killed and two wounded in the last sally. On examening the ground, the following day pools of blood were found in all the positions occupied by the enemy and marks where the bodies were dragged off, I have since learned that a chief, a near relation of Matutaeras was killed by the party who went out under Mr. Biggs.
Our Native allies behaved very well indeed being very cool and acting well together and with regard our own
Volunteers and Military settlers, I cannot say too much for the cool and steady way they behaved on this and other occasions, and I am happy to say, the most friendly feeling exists between them and our Native allies.
Two days after the fight, a Native woman made her appearance from the Rebel Camp, pretending to have escaped but as I was convinced she was only sent as a spy I have had
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her confined, she told a great many lies at first but has since contradicted them, she appears very reluctant to tell the actual loss sustained by the Rebels but has confessed that two large houses are filled with the wounded.
Patara was not according to her account in the fight at all having left the day after the troops landed to get reinforcements, he is accompanied by the Black I mentioned as having joined the rebels.
On Saturday the 22nd. a body of Hau Haus under their chief Prophet Te WhiWhini sacked two hours two houses at Te Awanui belonging to Emanuel and Mr. Walters with that exception nothing has been doing, the rebels keeping out of sight as much as possible.
I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedient servt.
S. Deighton R.M.
To: His Honor The SuperintendentNapier
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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