Boy Scouts Beyond The Seas
the British Union Jack already flying at the Bay of Islands, which was at that time the chief port of the northern part of New Zealand, she sailed off to the southern part.
But the British, in order to admit of no mistake, sent off a fast-sailing sloop, the Britomarte, which reached Akaron – the port in South Island – just a few hours before the French ship, and had the flag flying ready for her when she came. So New Zealand remained British.
And later on we had to fight against the Maoris, both in 1840-1847 and again in 1860-1870.
The Maoris had always been having wars among themselves, and were therefore fine, brave warriors, and very difficult to overcome, but in the end, when peace came, both sides were all the better friends because each had learnt to admire the other as brave, strong, and determined.
It has been just the same with us in other parts of the world; in India where we fought the Sikhs, in Africa where we fought the Zulus, in Egypt where we fought the Sudanese, in South Africa where we fought the Boers, we have all become the better friends for it.
Why the Maoris held up the White Flag
The Maoris seemed to like fighting for fighting’s sake, and one man told me a story of how in one fight the British had surrounded a party of the enemy on a hill and they took care to guard each spring and stream so that the natives could not get any water.
After a siege of two days the Maoris sent down a messenger under a white flag to say that perhaps the British were not aware of it, but they were holding the only supplies from which the Maoris could get water; and if they could not have water they could not go on fighting. They seemed to look upon fighting as a kind of game.
On another occasion I was told that in the middle of a battle the Maoris began to run out of ammunition, so they held up a white flag and sent to ask the British whether they could lend them some to go on with!
I won’t promise that this is a true story, but it is what I was told. The Maoris have now become civilised and wear European clothes and are fine big people. There are about 45,000 of them, and they are loyal subjects of the King.
New Zealand is shaped like the leg and foot of a man kicking in the air—the football being the island of New Caledonia.
New Zealand is formed of two great islands, the foot is North Island and the leg South Island. The whole dominion is roughly about the size of Great Britain, but it has only one million inhabitants at present instead of the forty-five millions in Great Britain.
After our four days of banging through head winds and heavy seas from Australia, it was a relief to find ourselves early one morning steaming along in calm water.
We were in the Hauraki Gulf, North Island, at the head of which lies Auckland, the chief port of New Zealand.
As you run up the Gulf, Auckland itself is not visible, because in front of it there rises out of the sea a great conical mountain, an extinct volcano, which completely hides it.
Rounding this, our ship turns sharply into a wide creek which forms the fine harbour of Auckland, full of shipping, tugs, and ferry-boats. The business and in- dustrial part of the city is not so very large, but the suburbs, where people live, extend for miles over the wooded hills on both sides of the water.