In the Grip of the Hawk

PREFATORY NOTE A s the long struggle between Maori and Pakeha dragged to a close, anew interest was given to it by the perversion of numbers of Maoris of various tribes to a singular religion, styled by its founders Pai Marire— that is, ‘good and peaceful.’ There was nothing good or peaceful about the new religion, which was a fantastic blend of very elementary Christianity, Judaism and Paganism. Deadly hostility to the Pakeha, or white man, was an all-im portant item in this curious creed, whose votaries were known as Hau-haus, and prominent amongst its prophets was the rebel chief, Te Kooti, one of the best generals and one of the worst men of his day. Brave, ferocious and animated by an almost oriental fatalism, the Hau-haus were formidable antagonists and, moreover, shocked even their compatriots by their ruthless savagery. At the very outset they defeated a mixed contingent of the 57th Regiment and Colonials at Taranaki, and cutoff the head of Captain Lloyd, who had been killed inaction. Lloyd’ head,s preserved after the Maori fashion, was then carried round from tribe to tribe by two Hau-hau missionaries, who strove to make
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