Object #1024466 from MS-Papers-0032-0049
From: Minister of Colonial Defence - Incidents in Waikato, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0049 (14 digitised items).
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MEMORANDUM for HIS EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNOR.
The rumours which have been recently circulated and published in some of the New Zealand newspapers, respecting a Massacre at the Waikato, are without any foundation.
Since the murder of Mr. Todd, the Surveyor, last month, no aggression has been committed; and the tribes generally deprecate this act as a violation by the King's immediate adherents, of the peaceful relations subsisting between the races. Those tribes recognize the efforts of the Colonial Government to promote peace.
Manuwhiri, the King's uncle, justifies the murder, on the ground that it was committed within conquered boundaries; and that the retention of Confiscated Land, by the Colonists, is disapproved of by the Imperial Government.
This may, no doubt, lead to further complication and difficulty with the Waikotos, a section of whom desire to repossess themselves of the Confiscated Lands; but there is reason to suppose, and it is to be hoped they will not meet with the sympathy or co-operation of the other tribes; who have usually been supporters of the King Party.
In other respects the state of Native affairs throughout the country may be considered satisfactory.
Roads are being opened up through the Interior, by means of Native labour; and the attention of the Natives is being directed to industrial pursuits.
N.B. (This Memorandum is undated; but follows the murder of Todd.)
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