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HIROKI'S CONFESSION.

The following is Hiroki’s confession:— In January Mr C. Brown and Mr John Sheehan spoke about the land, when the latter was Native Minister at Mahiki. I told McLean you had not better let any white man go on that land. I told Mr Sheehan if I see you put white men on my land—that is, the surveyors—l warn them that I will kill them. After that time some more white men came on ,to survey the land. I asked them—“ Whp told you to come on to my land V They said it was the Government. It was McLean’s brother that told me Then I told them that they must not go any further. 1 told them that if they persisted going on surveying the land 1 would kill them all. They said to me—“ Never mind what you say.” I told them to go home, and they went away home. The next day they came back again. I and another Maori went to the place. I told McLean that I told him not to come on the land or I will kill him. When I told McLean that he said—“ Never mind, you area b pig-” I told him—“l will kill you all, but you will not know the time. I will kill you,” meaning any of you. In September I went to the -place for the intention of killing any of them that I found there on the land. As I was going up to the place where they camped, at the tent I saw John McLean looking towards me. When he saw me he went into the tent, for he knew that I meant something. I went towards the door of the tent. McLean stood in one end of the tent at the back. McLean fired at me with a gun, and the ball went through my right side, as I stood in front of the door,

but did not go through my body, only through my clothes, under ray armpit. I caught his arm (guu), and pulled it away from him, and McLean ran away, and I fired at him. That is what I killed him, and he fell in the water close to the river. It was a small river. I went away and I took one sheet, some tobacco, and some bullets. That is all I can remember taking. The reason I took them was to show the natives what I had done. I told some of the witnesses that came to the trial what I did. Some of them told the truth about ray killing the white man. I also told a good many of the Maori people when I went to Parihaka what I had done;

I told about fifty of the natives. I told Te Whiti and other Maoris. Te Whiti knew all about what I had done. I did not keep it secret from any of them. The whole bother was about the land. '1 owned some of the land that was there. Some of the pigs that were mine were killed. I think I have told you all. I should have told you this before. At my trial I asked the Court when I was to talk. The Court told me that I could not speak if the lawyer had done speaking. I was waiting for them to ask me. I was not asked till I saw the Judge patting on the black cap and passed a sentence on me. I hope that you will telegraph this to the Government about the matter at once. I know I have only four more days to live, as I dreamt the other night as I told you. Mr Sheehan’s Statement. [by teleguaph.J Wellington, To-day. Mr Sheehan states that the assertion of Hiroki in his confession, as published in to-day’s papers, to the effect that he had warned Major Brown and Mr Sheehan not to put men upon the Mamohaki block, is absolutely untrue, and that he never saw Hiroki until after the murder,’ when ho was a fugitive at Parihaka. Mr Sheehan held several large meetings with the native owners of the blocks at the settlement in the vicinity, and the only point raised by the natives was their claim against the survey parly for a sum of money for alleged improper conduct, and the question of area and position of reserves, both of which questions were disposed of before the land was sold.

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HIROKI'S CONFESSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 658, 9 June 1882

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HIROKI'S CONFESSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 658, 9 June 1882

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