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Hauhauism: An Episode in the Maori Wars 1863-1866

APPENDIX V — Proclamation About the Hauhaus, 1865

page 81

Proclamation About the Hauhaus, 1865.


“By His Excellency, Sir Geo. Grey, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over Her Majesty's Colony in New Zealand and its Dependencies, and Vice-Admiral of the Same, &c., &c., &c.

“Whereas a fanatical sect, commonly called Pai Marire, or Hau Hau, has been for some time, and is now, engaged in practices subversive of all order and morality; and whereas the rites and practices of such fanatical sect, consisting, as they partly do, in murder, in the public parade of the cooked heads of their victims, in cannibalism, and in other revolting acts, are repugnant to all humanity; and whereas Her Majesty the Queen has commanded her successive Governors in the Colony of New Zealand, not to tolerate, under any pretext whatever of religious or superstitious belief, customs subversive of order and morality and repugnant to humanity:

“Now therefore, I, Sir George Grey, the aforesaid Governor, do hereby proclaim and notify that I will, on behalf of Her Majesty, resist and suppress, by force of arms if necessary, page 82 and by every other means in my power, fanatical doctrines, rites, and practices of the aforesaid character; and I will cause to be punished all persons, whenever they may be apprehended, who may be convicted of instigating, or participating in such atrocities and crimes; and in Her Majesty's name I call upon all well-disposed persons, whether Native or European, to aid and assist me herein to the best of their ability.

“Given under my hand at the Government House, at Auckland, and issued under the Seal of the Colony of New Zealand, this twenty-second day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five.

“G. GREY.”

“By His Excellency's Command.


“God Save the Queen!”

N.Z. Govt. Gazette Sat., April 29, 1865.