[Extract from New Zealand Gazette. ]
By His Excellency Sir George Grey, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Commander-in-Chief in and over Her Majesty's Colony of New Zealand and its Dependencies, and Vice-Admiral of the same, &c.
Whereas instructions have been issued and military force has been employed to capture the murderers of the Rev. Mr. Völkner, Mr. James Fulloon, and his companions, at Opotiki and Whakatane: Andpage 101whereas it is expedient that summary authority should be exercised by the commander of the military forces so employed, and that persons suspected of the said murders, or of aiding and abetting there in, should be tried by Court-martial:
Now I, the Governor, do hereby proclaim that martial law will be exercised throughout the Districts of Opotiki and Whakatane from the date here of until this Proclamation shall be duly revoked.
Given under my hand at the Government House at Wellington, and issued under the Seal of the Colony of New Zealand, this fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five.
By His Excellency's command.
J. C. Richmond. G. Grey.
God save the Queen!