Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.
The Government marked its appreciation of Henare Turangi's services in extricating Westrup's force from Paparatu by presenting him with £100 and a sword.
An interesting letter, dated 22 August, 1868, recently found its way back to Gisborne. It had been in the possession of George Graham, of Auckland. Addressed from Turanga to Warana Pirihi (or, perhaps, Pirild), it is signed by Paora Matuakore, Wi Pere, Himiona Katipa, Henare Ruru and Pita te Huhu. The text and the signatures are believed to be in Wi Pere's handwriting. Its signatories accuse the Government of attacking the rebels at Whareongaonga and of compelling them to defend themselves at Paparatu, Te Koneke and Ruakituri, and urge that they should not be outlawed but be permitted to come to Turanga “fully armed” and be dealt with according to law. “If,” it is added, “all of them are guilty, then all should pay the penalty; but, should only one man be at fault, then he alone should be punished.”