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Jiff James Mickay, the well known Native land agent, supplies the 'NewZealand Herald" with the following account of the events Lading np to thePoverty Bay massacre as related by To Kooti himself :— " I, as you know, belong to Turanganni (Giaborne). I was engaged In trade there, and frequently went coasting voyages. Captain Keid was m business there, and was very jealous of me for taking Native business away from him. At the time of the outbreak of hostilities on the Zast Coast, I joined the Europeans, I fought on their side at Wairenga-a-hika, 1 was beside Captain Boss when he was shot through the bridge, of ths nose* I Bhofe two Maoris that day. Captain BobbY f» now living at Paterangi, Walkato, and) when you return there, IE you donbtmy word, you ask him about it. Shortly after this fight, Captain Reid and some others trumped up a oase against me for hone* stealing. I was brought np before the Magistrates, and after inquiry the charge was dismissed. Then they said I was » Hauhau and a spy for them. Captain Reid used his Influence, and I was made a military prisoner and sent to Napier. I there saw Sir Donald M'Lean, and appealed to him. bnt he would not listen to me, and said, ' Send him away with the rest to Wharekauri 1 (Chatham Islands). 1 went there very pouri (angry), as I wa» unjustly treated after fighting for the Europeans, Beid instigated it all to prevent my hurting his trade with the Natives; he waa always jealous of me. After a time I determined to escape from the Obathams, Captain Thomas, the soldiers, and inhabitants were very kind to us, exoepfc a sergeant who was m the habit of kicking xn and swearing at qb; but my nojuat deportation rankled In my mind, and we wished to return to onr wives, children and peoplr. 1 then planned our esoaps. I gave strlot orders that no European was to be hart; they were merely to be tied np •■ quietly as possible. The obnoxious sergeant resisted, and a Maori killed him, but this waa not told me at that time. We took the vesael and started for Turaoganul (Poverty Bay), butnhere was no wind and we were three dayß In sight of the land. I had heard that some wrong had been done, and was m great fear leßt a Government steamer might coma from Wellington and capture us. I said to the people, ' There is a Jonah (Sons) on board/ s> saying I had heard sailors use. Then It was admitted that a. relation of mine had killed the sergeant. I then said, ' Throw him overboard.' This was done, and shortly afterward we got a fair wind. The sailors were treaoherous, and I found oat that they were steerIng for Wellington Instead of Poverty Bay. I knew how to steer, and understood the compass from my previous ex^» perlenoe m coasting vessels. I told them to go the right course or they would ba thrown overboard. When we made the New Zealand coast we were not far from Poverty Bay. As I did not wish to land among tho Europeans we went ashore at Whareongaonga. We had brought with ua all the arms and ammunition we oould find at the Ohathans. We, however, had no Intention of fighting the pakehas, we. desired to go straight through the country to the Maori King at Te Kultl, and do aa he might direct us. Major Bj?g« heard of oar arrival, and sent a message to aa to> surrender to him. This we declined todo. Then Te Poroksmu (Westtupp) ohased us, I then went away and tent word to Blggß that on a certain day I would go to Tuarangl and fight, Blggi did not; believe this. Why did he not look ! out and be prepared for me} Many Natives of the Urlwera and other tribes joined me. I then made the attaok at night. The women and ohlldren were killed. They were treated exaotly the* same as one Maori tribe fights another m war. No one can restrain Maoris under soch olroumstanoea. I did not personally kill anyone, but, of course, I being the general am blamed for it. "Ton must admit that I fonght well against the large forces of pakehas and Maoris who ohased me about the countryCaptains Preeoe and Malr were yorir best men, and gave me much trouble: Tawa (Captain Matr) nearly had me on one oooaslon, I was m a small raupo whirc, and two of Male's Maori contingent rushed In; they turned to take some olothing, and did not see me. I burst through the ildo of the house. Captain Malr wa» coming up. I jumped down into the bed of a stream. Malr fired at me hurriedly, and the ballet went over my shoulder. I afterwards got safe to Te Kulti, where I would have oome quietly m the first Instance, but for the action of Bigg« and Westrupp, " I do not wish to do any fighting, and will have nothing to do with the Walkato tribes. Ido not believe In their manner of fighting—that Is m attempting to murder you —or m Purukutu's murder of the pakeha. I believe m fighting, If necessary, but not m their manner. I dare Bay you disbelieve a great deal of what I have now told you. Ton have listened very patiently to me, and If yon make inquiry you will find that my statement Ib correct. lam sorry I took your hat yesterday« I leave this as an atonement for doing bo ." He got up and pat a small greenstone eardrop on the mat at the entrance of the tent, and walked away.

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TE KOOTI'S VERSION OF THE POVE&TY BAY MASSACRE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2078, 4 March 1889

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TE KOOTI'S VERSION OF THE POVE&TY BAY MASSACRE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2078, 4 March 1889