Photographed by G. Redfern, Auckland.
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THE LIFE AND TIMES
The Celebrated Ngapuhi Chief,
PRINTED BY J. H. FIELD, STEAM PRINTING OFFICE, ALBERT STREET.
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THE HON. SIR DONALD McLEAN, K.C.M.G.,
&c., &c., &c,
WHOSE SOLICITUDE ON BEHALF OF THE MAORI RACE
HAS BEEN EXEMPLIFIED THROUGHOUT A
LONG OFFICIAL CAREER,
THIS SMALL MEMORIAL OF MAORI WORTH
IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED,
BY HIS GRATEFUL AND OBEDIENT SERVANT,
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THE following pages, containing a simple narrative of the "Life and Times" of a celebrated Maori Chief, are placed before the scrutinizing eye of the public, with feelings of extreme diffidence; and though I have no faith in mere apologies, as they are often brought forward to shield, if possible, the carelessness or inability of the writer, still, on the plea of my prolonged ill health while this little work was being passed through the press, I may, in true singleness of heart, ask the indulgence of my readers.
I am perfectly conscious that many inaccuracies will meet the keen research of the critic, and I can truthfully aver that very many points worthy of record in the late Patuone's character and history have been omitted, together with various phases incidental to Maori life, which might have been chronicled had the task been entrusted to an
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abler pen; nevertheless, this unpretentious memento of a great and good man will not, perhaps, be uninteresting to such as desire to know anything of the Maori race.
C. O. DAVIS.
Auckland, October, 1876.
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As some points in the following pages relative to Maori traditions require elucidation, a few notes have been added in the Appendix, which may not be devoid of interest to the reader.
OWING to the illness of the author during the time when the earlier sheets of this book were being passed through the press, many small errors, mostly in punctuation, have crept into the text, and were not discovered until the printing had proceeded too far to admit of their correction. The reader is requested to alter the following with the pen:--
Page 64, for "Mauinana," read "Mauinaina."
" 76, for " Trausmere," read " Tranmere."
" 84, for "Titoke," read "Titoki."
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A FEW DATES
That may be useful to the reader.
1642 Discovery of New Zealand by Tasman.
1740 Visit of ship to North Island, commanded by "Rongotute."--Maori tradition.
1769 Visit of D'Urville to North Island of New Zealand.
1772 Visit of Marion du Fresne to Bay of Islands.
1773 A small quantity of potatoes given to New Zealanders by Captain Cook.--Maori tradition.
1790 Fatal epidemic among the Maoris, called by them "Rewharewha." -- Maori Tradition.
1791 Vancouver's visit to Middle Island.
1793 Maize introduced by Governor King of New South Wales.
1809 Massacre of crew and passengers of the "Boyd."
1822 Hongihika's famous war expedition to the Thames, and other places.