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



Much hardship and, at times, great annoyance had to be endured in the early days by surveyors and their assistants in the hinterland of Poverty Bay and on the East Coast. A determined attempt to stop a survey was made at Taurawharoua, near East Cape, in 1893. First of all, some obstructionists, led by Koroneho Kopuha, felled trees to prevent W. J. Wheeler and his staff from making observations. Then they carried off the theodolite, but returned it. Fines were inflicted on six of the culprits. Shortly afterwards a party led by Te Kakaha pulled over the trig station on Pukekiore Hill Again, fines were imposed. It was overturned by another party under Enoka Rukuata soon after it had been re-erected. Some of the obstructionists threatened even to shoot any native who assisted to point out the boundaries. Seventeen of the offenders were fined £40 each, or in default three months' gaol. They reerected the trig station, and agreed to desist from molesting the survey party if the fines were reduced to £10 apiece. The trouble was smoothed over.