Chasing the Ghost by Dave Hayward


It is June 1868. The prophet Te Kooti and three hundred converts to his Ringatu religion have escaped from the Chatham Islands and landed in Poverty Bay on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand.
The Government hurriedly despatches forces to meet this threat to the peace and stability of the region. Three Platoon of the Wanganui Riffle Corps are shipped to the east coast and Riflemen Jack Thompson, Rik Maxwell and Pita McLeod find themselves thrust into action.

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Te Kooti retires into the sanctuary of the Urewera mountains and an uneasy peace returns to the east coast. Three platoon patrol the district and establish cordial relationships with the residents. In the case of some of its members, relationships are very cordial indeed.
Seeking revenge for his imprisonment, Te Kooti returns to Poverty Bay. After slaughtering both Māori and Pakeha men, women and children, he heads for his Urewera fastness again. the chase is on.
In an endeavour to create a force that can ‘out-think, out-march, out-shoot and out-wit Te Kooti’ a combined Māori/Pakeha unit is created. Three Platoon and a Ngati Porou war party combine to become Nga Kahu, the Hawks. They are soon at the forefront of the pursuit.

Historical fiction from the colonisation of New Zealand.


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