Object #1023744 from MS-Papers-0032-0313

4 pages written 2 Dec 1854 by Henry Halse in Taranaki Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0313 (26 digitised items). 26 letters written from New Plymouth. Includes copies of two letters in Maori, 1855

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Taranaki
2nd December 1854


My dear Sir,

A native of this district named Rimene was shot at the Mamaku on Sunday evening last by Ihaia te Kirikumara, under the following circumstances.

It appears that Rimene was discovered by four natives on the night of the 24th instant, with Hariata Iritawa, wife of Ihaia - Ihaia was informed of this on the following Sunday, and at once questioned his wife upon the subject who admitted the charge and added that

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the adultery was of long standing. Upon this Ihaia proceeded with ten followers to the house of Paturoi, where Rimene was staying and demanded that he should be given up. Paturoi refused but upon being pressed consented to conduct Rimene to Ihaia's house. Ihaia then left and was shortly after informed by Enoka, brother to W.King, that Rimene was approaching and had admitted his guilt. Ihaia replied that Rimene should die and with his ten followers immediately armed. On the arrival of Paturoi and his party, Ihaia discharged the contents of one barrel of his gun in the air and the other into the ground as a signal of

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death or mischief - reloaded, went up to Rimene who was placed apart from the others when the gun had been fired, and shot him dead upon the spot. Ihaia and his people left and entered his house. The deceased was carried away by Paturoi's people.

On the following morning bodies of natives from the Tamira, Huirangi and the Werohia, went to the Mamaku and after discharging their guns over Ihaia's house dispersed to their villages. This in the opinion of the Natives terminates the affair -

I have heard Ihaia strongly censured for not taking his case into Court,

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the more particularly as he was an Assessor - and it would have been well if Ihaia had been present - Henere te Ware regards the affair very unfavorably.

I have nothing whatever to add in continuation of my last about the slaughter of August last.


Faithfully yours,
H.Halse

English (ATL)

Taranaki
2nd December 1854


My dear Sir,

A native of this district named Rimene was shot at the Mamaku on Sunday evening last by Ihaia te Kirikumara, under the following circumstances.

It appears that Rimene was discovered by four natives on the night of the 24th instant, with Hariata Iritawa, wife of Ihaia - Ihaia was informed of this on the following Sunday, and at once questioned his wife upon the subject who admitted the charge and added that the adultery was of long standing. Upon this Ihaia proceeded with ten followers to the house of Paturoi, where Rimene was staying and demanded that he should be given up. Paturoi refused but upon being pressed consented to conduct Rimene to Ihaia's house. Ihaia then left and was shortly after informed by Enoka, brother to W.King, that Rimene was approaching and had admitted his guilt. Ihaia replied that Rimene should die and with his ten followers immediately armed. On the arrival of Paturoi and his party, Ihaia discharged the contents of one barrel of his gun in the air and the other into the ground as a signal of death or mischief - reloaded, went up to Rimene who was placed apart from the others when the gun had been fired, and shot him dead upon the spot. Ihaia and his people left and entered his house. The deceased was carried away by Paturoi's people.

On the following morning bodies of natives from the Tamira, Huirangi and the Werohia, went to the Mamaku and after discharging their guns over Ihaia's house dispersed to their villages. This in the opinion of the Natives terminates the affair -

I have heard Ihaia strongly censured for not taking his case into Court, the more particularly as he was an Assessor - and it would have been well if Ihaia had been present - Henere te Ware regards the affair very unfavorably.

I have nothing whatever to add in continuation of my last about the slaughter of August last.


Faithfully yours,
H.Halse

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0313 (26 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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