No criticism of te rauparaha is sound which represents him as wholly bad.
But the ingenuity of Tuwhare and te rauparaha was equal to an emergency of that kind.
These chiefs paved the way for a conference, at which te rauparaha appears to have been unusually candid with his old antagonist.
Meantime, te rauparaha lay waiting for the enemy, who never came.
With Rangihaeata beaten out of the field, we may now return to te rauparaha, whom we left in the hands of his captors.
This delay was fatal to their design, but fortunate for te rauparaha.
The effect of these successive victories was to enhance enormously the prestige and power of te rauparaha.
In the life of te rauparaha there is much that is revolting and incapable of palliation.
It was, however, noticed that te rauparaha ate but sparingly and was ill at ease.
At last te rauparaha and his people, growing weary of the enforced inactivity, sent proposals of peace to Huri-whenua.