From the New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian" Saturday March 24th 1849
From the "New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian" Saturday March 24th 1849
The Confession of Henare Maroro
|This is my confession to you all.
1. I alone killed the white man; no one was with me; no Maori knew that I was going to kill white men, nor did any Eurpoean know.
2. The cause of my committing the murder was on account of my confinement in Gaol, also on account of the money, the watch, the drawers, and the cap
3. I never saw him or spoke to him before; I had no ill will towards him.
4. It was not from having seen him before that I decided on killing him (on the contrary).
5. On the third day (Wednesday) I decided upon killing a white man. On that same day I wen from Wellington to the Porirua Road at five o'clock in the evening. The white people had finished their work. I was in the bush a little on this side of Mr Cole's church. I slept there. In the morning I went to the Kenepuru. I then returned alone with the axe, and came to the house of the white man that was killed between 7 and 8 o'clock. It had been dark some time. I killed the white man, and no Maori knew of what I had done.