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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 6 (October 2, 1933)

A Threatening Salute

A Threatening Salute.

Accordingly the Government party went on to Te Papa. As they approached they saw that a white flag was flying on a pole in the village. The travellers were met by a war-party of twenty-five men, who fired two volleys of ball cartridge over their heads. The guncrash and whistling of the bullets overhead were the ominous prelude to more very angry talk. The Hauhaus were determined to keep the white man out of their territory. Two or three days of futile discussions; the Hauhaus forced Rochfort to return the way he had come, practically at the muzzles of their double-barrel guns. At last he decided that there was nothing for it but to return to Wanganui. The expedition therefore manned the canoes again and paddled downriver to Wanganui town.