HC Deb 21 June 1886 vol 307 c58
ADMIRAL FIELD (Sussex, Eastbourne)

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he will be pleased to call the attention of the Government of New Zealand to the very discreditable condition of the cemetery at Tauranga, in North Island, where lie interred many Naval and Military officers, seamen, marines, and soldiers who lost their lives in the various engagements with the Maoris in the vicinity of the famous Gate Pah in 1864; that such steps may be taken as may be found necessary to put their graves, tombstones, and other records of their faithful and gallant service in decent and proper order, in honour of their memories, and in a manner worthy of the Colony who profited so largely by the brave conduct of our Naval and Military Forces on that occasion?


In reply to the last inquiry on this subject in August, 1880, we were informed that the graves of the officers and men of the 43rd and 68th Regiments at Tauranga were kept in good order by the armed Constabulary at that station, and that whatever sum had been yearly required for the repair of the graves and fences had been disbursed by the Colonial Defence Department, £23 3s. having been expended in the preceding November. We have heard nothing further on the subject; but we have no reason to believe that the New Zealand Government has neglected the cemetery. But if the hon. and gallant Member has any recent and authentic information on the subject, we should be glad to communicate further with the Colonial Government respecting it.