Letter to Sir George Grey, 5 February 1894. GNZMA 217, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

Letter to Sir George Grey, 5 February 1894. GNZMA 217, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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Letter to Sir George Grey, 5 February 1894. GNZMA 217, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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Letter to Sir George Grey from Tāwhiao Tukaroto Mātutaera Potātāu Te Wherowhero

Author: Tāwhiao Tūkaroto Mātūtaera Pōtātāu Te Wherowhero
Ref No: GNZMA 217
Date Created: 5 February 1894

Tāwhiao addressing Grey as a benevolent friend of his father (Pōtātāu) is astonishing considering their tenuous historic past, however communication between them always exhibited directness coupled with the authority of status, which both respectively maintained depending on issues that required to be address, at times aggressively and at other times with great subtlety.

Tāwhiao returned from Ōkahu bearing taonga (2 guns, 2 swords and a greenstone slab), belonging to Paora Tūhaere, a gifting recognising Tāwhiao’s lost of his ‘parental taonga’, via Waikato land confiscation, a slight on Grey. Conversely, Paora Tūhaere did not overtly condemn the King movement, however he did state that the movement was ‘an unwarranted presumption’ and ‘an upstart movement’ at the June 1860, Kohimarama Conference, but did not see the movement as incompatible with Crown policy. Paora was influential in the reconciliation with the government after the 1860 wars, and convinced Tāwhiao at the 1882 King movement gathering at Whatiwhatihoe to discard his isolation for a more active public role.

Tāwhiao attended and spoke cordially at Paora’s funeral at Ōkahu, 12 March 1892, commenting that Paora Tūhaere , ‘was one of the last old ones’ and that in his absence Tāwhiao would take on his responsibilities. Therefore, understandably Mere, a daughter to Paora made this presentation of taonga with the support of her brother.

The penmanship of this letter is that of T. T. Rāwhiti, King movement secretary and administrator.

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