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Papers Relative to the Native Meeting Held at Peria, in October, 1862

Report Of The Meeting At Peria In October, 1862, By Bishop Selwyn

Report Of The Meeting At Peria In October, 1862, By Bishop Selwyn.

Matutaera arrived at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 23rd.

I did not attend the opening ceremonial, but there were no war dances, or firing of guns.

The afternoon was spent in complimentary speeches, after which the King's procession—40 soldiers in uniform—and the Ngaruawahia Council returned to their house at the top of the hill.

The ground was occupied by about 500 men and women; with the King's party there may sometimes have been six hundred persons on the ground.

As far as I could gather there were present of men—

Ngatikahungunu 30 to 40
Ngatiporou 20 to 30
Ngaiterangi 20 to 30
Hauraki 20 to 30
Rotorua 10 to 15
Taupo l to 2
Waikato Upper, with Ngatihaua 120 to 150
Kawhia 5 to 10
226 to 307

The principal persons present were—

Matutaera and most of his Council
Karaitiana (Ngatikahungunu)
Hori Tupara (Tauranga)
William Thompson (te Waharoa)
Heta Tauranga (his Secretary)
Rewi (Ngatimaniapoto)
Kihirini (Middle waikato)
Porokoru (Ngatimaniapoto)
Hoera (leader of Ngatiporou party)
Kereopa (ditto, Rotorua)

The first day was ended as usual by evening service, which was well attended.