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Life in Early Poverty Bay


Paparatu, Matawhero, Makaraka, Te Arai, Patutahi, Opou and Ngatapa are a few of the places whereat Mr. Robert Goldsmith participated in active service against the Hau Hau rebels who terrorised this district round 1868.

It was in 1848 his period of residence in this district began, and although he spent much of the early days up the East Coast, by far the greater part of his career has been lived in close proximity to the town On September 9 next, he will complete seventy-nine years of life in Poverty Bay.

Mr. Goldsmith's outstanding memories of the old days are, naturally, vivid mental pictures of the famous fighting times and, in the course of an interview, he re-lived some of those stirring days.