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Historic Poverty Bay and the East Coast, N.I., N.Z.



Prior to the opening of the campaign in 1869 Colonel Whitmore told the Government that he favoured the employment of Australian black trackers in the pursuit of the rebels. Defence Minister Haultain held that scouts would be more valuable. Black trackers, he considered, would prove too timid as scouts. Colonel Cracroft Wilson, C.B., suggested that a force consisting of one British regiment and two regiments of Gurkhas should be procured and placed under an officer who had served in India. This proposal was also turned down.