MAORIS GOING TO PARIHAKA. (Taranaki Herald, 28 June 1879)

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maoris going to parihaka telegbaphed by our correspondent hawera june 27-mr james hirst arrived coastwards last night he reports that he met about one hundred and fifty maoris on their way to parihaka also fifteen drays the maoris were very friendly the maoris are ploughing the government paddock at opunake the natives have not shown here again it is expected that fifty constabulary will arrive here to-day te whiti and his converted pakehas patea june 27 it is reported at hawera and here that messrs john kelly and charles messenger represented to te whiti at parihaka on the 17th that they believed in his miraculous power and considered him right in his opposition to government and that his power would prevail and fearing to reside any longer with the europeans they desired to place themselves under te whiti protection and were accordingly formally inducted members of te whiti tribe and further that te whiti is in ecstacy at his spreading influence as evidenced thereby a valuable mat presented by te whiti virtually made the recipients members of his people if true even as a joke the results are very mischievous by still further inflating the vanity of te whiti rewrs views on te whiti actions our auckland correspondent telegraphs rewi in his interview with the star reporter at his settlement at pnnia said he had told sheehan there would be no fighting at taranaki unless the europeans commenced it that it and hawera had been sold by persons who were notowners and te whiti was taking this course ploughing to put the case strongly before europeans he told sheehau that the soldiers would go there on a fool errand formerly rewi said he and te whiti were one but that they had separated he joined the europeans te whiti took his own course still he thought te whiti had right on his side he said there were two evil persons amongst vs the european land buyers who would buy from anyone and natives who sold land they had no title to he had i asked the government to have land within his boundaries surveyed and awarded to rightful persons and made inalienable for the good of the natives race he expressej great pleasure at his visit to auckland and the kindness he had received but observed that if the governor answer was not favourable he might not go again there there seems to be a good deal of sympathy among the waikato natives generally with te whiti who they say only wants to urge his claims in a respectful way rewi expressed his belief in the prophetic claims of te whiti and considered him a true tohnnga he said he had urged sheehan to re-appoint major mair


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