Object #1022780 from MS-Papers-0032-0465

5 pages written 11 Nov 1870 by Colonel William Moule in Tauranga to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington

From: Inward letters - W Moule, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0465 (38 digitised items). 38 letters written from Waikato & Tauranga. Includes letters to and from others correspondents: Samuel Morgan to Dr Pollen, 17 Aug 1869; Moule to Dr Pollen, 17 Aug 1869; Moule to Mair, 17 Sep 1870.

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11th Novr. 70

My dear Sir,

I take the opportunity of the Revenue Cutter "Ringleader" going to Auckland to send you the latest intelligence.

On the 8th Instant, Mr. Hopkins Clarke received a message from Rewi Tangatu of Whakamarama, stating that Aporo with 21 Waikato and Taranaki Hauhaus had arrived at that settlement and with the intention of visiting Tauranga, Maketu, Te Awa o te Atua, Ruatahuna and on to Te Kooti. A similar message was received by Hori Ngatai and the Ngatirangi chiefs who at once came to consult me in the matter. The Result of our korero was that a letter was written and signed by the chiefs and myself requesting Aporo and party to leave the District; however, instead of coming on to this place they went on to Kati Kati, and yesterday arrived at Rangawhia which is only a few miles from here, up the Kati Kati harbour.

Mr. Hopkins Clarke with about 80 Ngatirangis visited the Hauhaus this morning and ascertained that it was the intention of the party to visit Te Kooti, and if possible take him on to Tokongamutu.

Mr. Clarke and the chiefs told Aporo very plainly, that if he persisted in coming on, himself and followers would be arrested - he said he would come on.

On the return of the Ngatirangis they again waited on me and said that they looked upon Aporo and party with very great suspicion, and wished to know how I would act in the event of their coming to Tauranga.

I replied that the Hauhaus had been duly warned and that if they came here, I should arrest the whole and detain them until instructed by the Govt.

On hearing this the Ngatirangis seemed very much pleased and offered to furnish men for a guard.

Mr. Hopkins Clarke was informed this afternoon that the Hauhaus were moving back to Whakamarama but thinking it probable that they may attempt to go inland by Rotorua, I at once sent off a mounted Orderly with instructions for Mr. Gascoigne and Captain Preece to be on the look out and prevent them going to Te Kooti.

A poro was I believe in the Auckland Gaol for sometime for taking a part in the destruction of the printing press at Te Awamutu. The party is unarmed. Aporo will not say whether he is acting under the orders of the King, or not, but probably your information from the Waikato side will explain that.

Mr. Hopkins Clarke is writing officially to Commr. Clarke on the subject.

I enclose private letters from Capt. preece and Mr. Gascoigne, for your information.

The rain is now coming down freely after an unusually long drougth.

I remain my dear Sir, Yours very truly,
W. Moule

Part of:
Inward letters - W Moule, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0465 (38 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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