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Murder of Moffatt by the Maories.

Wanganui, Yesterday. Further particulars of the tragedy at Tuhua are to hand. Moffatt, in company with Henare, left Taupo for a journey down the Wanganui, giving as a reason, that he wanted to recover some property and money he had left in the Tuhua district. The two travelled together without interruption until they arrived on Sunday last at the Native village of Matakana, which is within a few miles of Taumaranui, and is situated at the spot where the northern branch of the Wanganui joins the parent stream. From the, natives of Matakana Moffatt and his companion received no welcome. The Maories appeared sullen, and told the travellers that they had no right there and the land was tapued to white men. The same night the Maories sent a message to Tau- ; maranui to inform the inhabitants of the pah of the arrival of Moffatt and Henare. The chiefs of Taumaranui at once held a meeting, at which it was decided that Moffatt should be shot, and they sent out an armed party of seven men, under the leadership of Ngatai, Maunaku’s nephew, to carry the sentence into effect. The murderers formed an ambuscade in the fern by the side of the Maori track, along along which Moffatt and Henare would have to pass. On Monday they resumed their journey, and when they came within ten yards of the spot, the war party rose up, and one of them immediately fired at Moffatt, and wounded him. He staggered forward crying out “ Kati kati (stop, stop),” when a second shot was fired at him, and he fell in the track, a dead man. Then his companion, Henare, called on the party to shoot him also. “.Kill me as well as my white friend,” but they would not do it, as they knew him well, and he is a Wanganui Native. Henaur came on to Taumaranui, but though he received no violence, he met with no welcome. He asked for a canoe to take him down the river, and, at length, a lad volunteered to go with him. They at once started on their journey, and saw' Mamaku, who did not know what had happened, and appeared much grieved at the news ; they also saw' Kemp at Perikino, and by him were told to hasten dowm to Wanganui and to inform the authorities, and this they did without loss of time.

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Murder of Moffatt by the Maories. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 191, 13 November 1880

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