Object #1022962 from MS-Papers-0032-0025
From: Superintendent, Hawkes Bay and Government Agent, East Coast - Miscellaneous papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0025 (75 digitised items).
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It appears from latest telegrams from Waikato that the Expedition under Topia has failed to catch Te Kooti, and that his whereabouts is not at present known.
It appears also that the King desires to shelter him if he remains peaceable.
Te Kooti having placed himself under the King's protection, I should be glad to have the views of the Honourable the Premier, and the Honourable the Colonial Secretary, as to the course which they deem it advisable to pursue in the existing state of our relations with Tawhiao, representing Te Kooti. Whether to negotiate with Tawhiao for his surrender; to follow him up with a war party: or let him alone till better opportunities offer for his apprehension.
The chief question to determine is whether to engage in a new war that will cause a rupture with many of Tawhiao's adherents, for the sake of Te Kooti, or not; as it seems to me that this must be the issue of any fighting at Waikato.
400 men require guns and ammunition. Those are quite reliable.
Te Apanui not to send Haku Haku's wife; but to let another of the women go to the Urewera country.
Te Kooti supposed to be at Waioeka.
Ropata to bring out the remainder of Ngati-Kohatu, of the Wairoa.
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