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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 1 (May 1, 1930)


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page 41

So the word went forth from Kingite headquarters at Te Kuiti that the undesirable one must be deported from Maori land, and if he persisted he must be killed. Moffatt came on from Taupo, in spite of repeated warnings to go back, and Ngatatai, the head man of Taumarunui, and six or seven of his men intercepted him at Matapuna—near where the railway line crosses the Wanganui River, and shot him dead. In the year 1883 the Government, through the Native Minister, the Hon. John Bryce, made some enquiry into the murder; the head chief of the Kingites met him at Kihikihi and frankly explained that it was carried out at their behest. Wisely, nothing more was done; Maori rights were vindicated.