By 1872, the Tūhoe people were exhausted by years of war with the government, and deeply suspicious of the British Crown. This letter from Tūhoe leaders to the government set forth their conditions for peace; the tribal territory was defined; the tribal council Te Whitu Tekau had been established; there were to be no roads through Tūhoe territory, no surveys, and no leasing or selling of land.
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Reference: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (New Zealand), 1872, F–3a, p. 29.
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