Topic: Puhiraki’s Warning: 4 June 1864

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This is a copy of the warning sent to Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Harpur Greer on 4 June 1864 by Rāwiri Puhirake. It was used as Appendix 6 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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Wainui-a-Tane, part of Waoku
June 4 1864

To the Colonel,

Sir, I salute you! Herewith I communicate to you my plans, that you may see them. Long waiting for the days for our fight. Now as for this month, mine will be the days, mine the nights, mine all the creeks, mine the hills, mine the plains, all are mine. I am free to act in or on any of them. This is a warning to you. Let your Europeans desist from coming to Waimapu to shoot, or indeed to any part of that country. I am to be met with in all parts of the country, everywhere. This is a warning to you, lest it be said that the cutting off of your men is a murderous proceeding, that is the reason why I send this letter to you. A timely notice from me to you. No more from your friend.

Rāwiri Kingi Tuaia [Rāwiri Puhirake]

 

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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