An Epitome of Official Documents Relative to Native Affairs and Land Purchases in the North Island of New Zealand
Superintendent Richmond leaves in H.M.S. "Hazard." Return to New Plymouth. Native Woman murdered by her Husband
Superintendent Richmond leaves in H.M.S. "Hazard." Return to New Plymouth. Native Woman murdered by her Husband.
The "Hazard" heaving in sight, Major Richmond, the Bishop, and Mr. Forsaith took their departure also, and Heuheu, with his followers, went in a day or two afterwards, on a visit to Rauparaha, at Otaki. I remained at Whanganui till all had become perfectly quiet at that settlement. I then commenced my journey to New Plymouth. Before I had quite arrived I heard a report of the murder of a woman by her husband, a Native of Mokau, which had caused some alarm in the settlement. Several of the Mokau Natives, having heard that the Ngatiruanuis (the tribe to which the woman belonged) were likely to avenge her death, armed themselves in defence, coming to one of their stations this side of Mokau. I immediately proceeded to meet them, but the greater number had then departed, having heard it had been a false report. For the more detailed particulars of the case I would refer you to the evidence taken before the Police Magistrate, where you will find all particulars.page 126