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JPBB PbXSS A OSOOIA-lOU. 1 Auckland, February 8. Te Kootl -~*d an interview with Mr Mltehelson last night, when the Native Minister said that he should defer hla proposed visit to Glaborne, as there was some feeling aglnst him amongst both Europeans and Native*. Te Kootl said he bad given a pledge to visit Gisborce, and he waa Rolng there In tbe Interest* of mace, for he had promised not -to repeat .bis former deeds. The danger to hlmse f •old not weigh with bim, and he had told Ibi. followers that If he were. killed they •most not avenge him, as tbey were subject to tbe law. Neither he nor his followers would oarry arms. The Interview •ended without Te Kootl stating whether ihe would postpone hla visit. Atjoklakd, February 9 Te Kootl Is still In town. Large numbers of Natives have oome la to see klm. The object of hli visit to Auckland Is twofold. He desires to have the land wbleh the Government granted to him at ftrakau exchanged for a blook at Ohlwa, the former piece being swampy and unsuitable j also to see the Native Minister respecting his projected visit to Poverty Bay. With regard to tbe exchange of land the Government have- agreed to acoede to Te Kooti'a wishes ; they are, however, entirely opposed to hli proposed visit to Poverty Bay. Te Kootl's reason for desiring to visit that district Is tbat he may ccc his relative* and friends. He understands tbe risk he runs In going there, bnt if any harm comes to blm be Is satisfied that the Government will hare those who do the barm punished. He ia willing to go alone and unarmed, and as a jmarantee of hla good faith delivered np :to Mr Mltchelson the revolver which he invariably carries on bis travels. The Minister had a long conference with *Te Kootl yesterday, bnt the latter wonld mot promise to relinquish his visit to Poverty Bay. The Minister still hopes to be able to dissuade him. Te Kootl, who! bad a conversation with the Premier also, leaves town on Monday. Laxib In conversation with a " Star " re* porter, Te Kootl said that he fully Intended vtsUlng Poverty Bay In abont a month, bnt he and his followers wonld be ; unarmed. He says Mr Mltchelson had done everything possible to dissuade him, but wonld not prevent his going, and he was determined to run the risk. He will go on horseback, via Te Aroha, Tauranga, and the TJilwera country to Turanganni.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2059, 9 February 1889

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TE ROOTI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2059, 9 February 1889