Notes on Sir William Martin's Pamphlet Entitled the Taranaki Question
"Another instance occurred about the year 1842."………
This assertion is evidently made on the strength of a statement by the Rev. Riwai te Ahu, in his letter to the Superintendent of Wellington (page 41). But it is quite incorrect. Niutone Te Pakaru (see note page 11) certainly had a large clearing at Waitara, as well as others of the Waikato invaders.
The true cause of the return of these people to Waikato was not that "William King sent a deputation to warn them off:" it is given in the following extract from a Despatch of Acting Governor Shortland, dated 24th September, 1842:
"At Kawhia several Chiefs were introduced to His Excellency, among whom were the leaders of a recent expedition to Taranaki, at which place their presence had created some alarm. On being asked what were their objects and intentions, they explained that reports of the high prices given to the Natives of that place for provisions and labour had reached them, and that considering the country theirs by conquest, they had resolved to settle in the neighbourhood of the Europeans; but that since Te Wherowhero had sold the land to the Queen, and they understood the Governor was not willing that they should remain, they had returned."
[Parl. Pap. 1844, Appendix to Report of Select Committee, p. 189.]