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

The Capture of Mahuki

The Capture of Mahuki.

Ngati-Maniapoto escorted Hursthouse and Newsham to the frontier township of Alexandra (now Pirongia), on the Waipa; and there, a few days later, the mad prophet Mahuki and more than a score of his hard-riding Angels were laid by the heels when they rode in threatening to loot and burn the place. The Armed Constabulary and the Te Awamutu troop of Waikato Cavalry were waiting for them, and presently the Hauhaus of Te Kumi were on their way in the Pakeha train from Te Awamutu to Mt. Eden gaol.

As for Hursthouse, he was soon back on the survey work, with particular reference to the likely connection with Stratford along approximately the present route traversed by the railway from the Ohura Valley, a vast forest wilderness that still lay wild and lone nine years later when a party of us tramped and camped through it, with Hursthouse himself at the head, spying out the goodness or otherwise of the land for railroad and settlement.