Topic: Taratoa's Challenge: 28 March 1864

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This is a copy of the challenge sent to Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Harpur Greer on 28 March 1864 by Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa. It was used as Appendix 3 to the paper "Identity and the Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina), 29 April 1864" written by Debbie McCauley on 5 August 2011 as part of a BA in Humanities and Information & Library Studies.

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Te Wairoa, District of Tauranga.
To the Colonel,

Friend the Colonel. Give heed. We are searching for the meaning of your thoughts, because we have considered your offence.

 Your first offence -     the shooting of Māori’s by soldiers on the 24th Feb, 1864

                                       (at Rangiaohia near Te Awamutu).  

The second -               the going of the soldiers to Maketu, the meaning of which

                                       is an eager desire to fight the Ngāti Porou

The third -                     the Queen natives have taken up arms.

The fourth -                  the coming of the soldiers to Peterehema (Bethlehem).

Friend, we thoroughly understand your intentions now. Do you hearken. A challenge for a fight between us is declared. The day of fighting, Friday, the 1st day of April, 1864. This is a fixed challenge from all the tribes. When our letter reaches you write a reply to us. No more.


Hēnare Wiremu Taratoa

From all the Tribes.
March 28, 1864

 

Sources:

Identity and the Battle of Gate Pa (Pukehinahina), 29 April 1864 (5 August 2011) by Debbie McCauley (Tauranga Memories: Battle of Gate Pa, 1864 kete).

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