Life in Early Poverty Bay
Capt. Read's Lucky Presentiment
Capt. Read's Lucky Presentiment.
According to Mr. Harris, he found it hard to understand how the awful Massacre of 1868 was allowed to come about. He had had many conversations with survivors and the general opinion was that it should have been realised, after the fight at Paparatu, that Te Kooti, in accordance with Maori custom, would seek revenge. Some of the settlers on the Flats knew that they were not safe and expected a raid. In conversation with him, the late Alick Robb, page 164 father of Robert Robb, of this town, had said that, on the Sunday previous to the Massacre, after church, he had expressed his fears to his (Mr. Harris') grandfather and others, but they had given him a poor hearing and he had not pressed his viewpoint, as he was afraid that he would be looked upon as an alarmist.