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New Zealand and the War.


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Progress and Prospects of the Colony.—The recent Gold Discovery.—Increase of Population.—The New Zealand Constitution.—New Provinces.—The Church Constitution.—Synodical Action.—“Land Leagues.”—The Maori “King Movement.”—Policy of Sir George Grey 1
Chapter II.
State of New Zealand at the time of the Outbreak.—Political Status of the Native Race.—Dangerous Consequences of a Collision foreseen.—The Maori Tribal System.—Maori Tenure of Land.—Cause of the Insurrection 45
Chapter III.
The Taranaki Settlement.—The Waitara.—The Native Title.—The Waitara considered Essential to the Completeness of the Settlement.—Why valued by its Native Owners.—Their Suspicion of the Settlers.—Their early Determination not to sell the Land 59 page vi
Chapter IV.
The Government urged to adopt a New System in the Purchase of Native Land.—Declaration of the Governor on the Subject.—Negotiations for the Purchase of the Waitara.—Opposition to the Sale.—Difficulty of completing a Satisfactory Purchase.—A Survey of the Land attempted.—Martial Law proclaimed.—The Land occupied by a Military Force 77
Chapter V.
Memorial warning the Governor not to proceed, and showing the Rights of the Native Occupants of the Land.—Rank and Position of William King, the Principal Opponent of the Sale.—Apprehension amongst the Natives excited by the forcible Occupation of the Waitara.—Remonstrances of the Absentee Claimants and others.—Their Petition to the Queen for the Governor's Recal 93
Chapter VI.
Question of Title.—Disastrous Consequences to the Taranaki Settlement from the forcible Occupation of the Waitara.—Popularity of the Government Policy.—Debates in the General Assembly.—Sir William Martin's Pamphlet on the “Taranaki Question.”—“Notes by the Governor” 116
Chapter VII.
Military Operations.—War risked without Preparation.—Power of the Insurgents underrated.—Repulse of the Troops at Puketekauere.—The Outsettlers driven in.— page vii Women and Children sent away to the neighbouring Provinces for safety.—The Taranaki Settlements virtually destroyed.—Impracticable Character of the Taranaki Country for Military Operations.—The Insurgents continue to keep the Field.—Embarrassing Position of the Governor.—Sudden Cessation of Hostilities.—Terms of Peace.—Difficulty of Warfare in the Bush.—Cost of the War.—Change in Public Opinion.—Waikato “King Movement.”—Change of Ministry.—Sir George Grey appointed Governor.—The Colony saved from a General War 139
Chapter VIII.
Impolicy of risking a War at Taranaki.—Policy of the Government as officially explained.—Hostilities: by whom commenced.—The Natives blamed for not appealing to the Law.—Result of the War.—Future Policy 181
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