Object #1023534 from MS-Papers-0032-0125

4 pages written 15 Mar 1851 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 digitised items). No Item Description

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COPY. New Plymouth

March 15th. 1851.


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

March 2nd.

Parade at ten o'clock.

March 3rd.

Mr. Charles Davy paid Herewini £e, for apprehending Martin Gunnon, on a charge of obtaining money under false pretences; and declined to appear against him.

I posted a letter to you by this day's Overland post to Wellington.

Te Mawai, Mamaku and their followers, left Waiwaikaiho for Puketapu on the 4th.

March 4th.

The above-named natives arrived at Waitara.

March 5th.

The natives left Waitara for Onairo.

March 6th.

Hakopa left for Puketapu. He returned in the evening and reported that a native of that tribe, named Tamati te Kawau, picked up a bag of wheat, which accidentally fell out of Mr. Richardson's cart on Tuesday last, and sold it to Mr. Samuel Oliver.

John Harris, a stranger who came here yesterday, found drunk, and locked up.

March 7th.

The same fined 5/- with costs. Ordered to be locked up 24 hours.

Police on duty in town.

Rawiri brought Tamati te Kawau into town. Mr. Richard Brown, who acts for Mr. Richardson, was satisfied with Tamati's promise to return the bag and three bushels of wheat.

Hakopa sick and unfit for duty.

Overland Mail from Wellington.

John Harris, the prisoner, was seized with an attack of delirium tremens. The Police were in charge of him from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. by order of the Colonial Surgeon.

I received one number of "Maori Messengers" from Auckland, by some Taranaki natives, on their return from the North.

March 8th.

General muster.

John Harris dismissed.

Te Ngahuru came into town about Mr. Cutfield's cattle having entered a native cultivation in the Tataraimaka Block, and damaged maize, to the amount of 10/-. Mr. Cutfield refused to acknowledge the claim, on the following reasons:-

1st. The land belonged to him.

2nd. In cultivating it, the natives agreed to risk any danage that might be caused by the cattle.

Te Ngahuru admitted the first, but alleged ignorance of the 2nd, and urged upon Captain King, the prudence of meeting the demand. After consideration, and on a perfect understanding that no other claim to damages on that particular spot would be allowed; and that Te Ngahuru would use his best endeavours to persuade the natives to abandon their cultivations in the Tataraimaka Block, as soon as the crops could be removed. Captain King gave Te Ngahuru 10/-.

Newsham reported to Captain King particulars of a scuffle that took place, and since settled, between Richard Lethbridge and some Omata natives, on Mr. Wickstead's section.

Te Ropiha Haungenge of Waiwakaiho, charged Edward Tucker with having assaulted his wife last Thursday afternoon, in the Devon Road, and wished to summons him in the Resident Magistrate's Court. By direction of Captain King, the case was arranged out of Court.

March 9th.

Sunday Parade.

Died - at the Colonial Hospital, Ko Hopa, one of Poharama's sons.

March 10th.

By order of Captain King, Private Stewart left for Whanganui, with despatches for the Governor-in-Chief.

Hakopa resumed his duties.

I wrote to you by Stewart, and enclosed an Official and private letter.

John Johnson's services as a Special Constable, discontinued.

Overland Mail left for Auckland.

A quarrel took place at Puketapu, between Tamati Waka and Wiremu Atikamu, about a piece of land in that neighbourhood.

A dispute arose at Waitara, between Wiremu Kingo the Chief of that place, and Paetutu, about some Karaka fruit, when the former struck the latter, which was resented by Wirihana, who fired two mows of wheat, the property of Wiremu Kingi. Payment has since been demanded for the wheat, and refused.

March 13th.

Henere te Ware, son of Epuni, applied to the Resident Magistrate for a Summons against Patara, to recover damages for injury done to the coat of the former.

Hakopa left for Moutoti, with a Summons for Patara, of that place.

The "Lucy James", Joyce, 5 days from Wellington, cargo - general.

March 14th.

The same sailed for Kawhia, with native trade. I went to Omata.

March 15th.

General muster and drill.

Tamati te Kawau returned 3 bushels of wheat to Mr. R. Brown, in place of that sold by him to Samuel Oliver, on the 4th. inst.

Major Richmond, passenger by the "Victory", arrived overland from Auckland.

I have the honour to be Sir,
Your most obedient servant (Signed)
H. Halse
Sergt. To:- D. McLean Esq. J.P.
Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 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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