Jack, Jackie Marmon Pakeha-Maori
Marmon is believed to be Hokiangaís first white settler.
There exist many stories about this rough adventurer some more
true than others. He was a
runaway convict from Australia and was lucky to get a job on the big
boats. One day,
in the early 1800s the ship on which Jackie was sailing was
wrecked off the Hokianga Heads. The whole crew drowned except Jackie and
two of his mates. They made
it to shore, thankful to
having survived, but fate
dealt them another blow. Some
wild Maori warriors fell on them at once and tomahawked Jackieís two
mates, but for some reason
he could not guess, they
is probably where the legend about Jackie turning cannibal comes in.
The Maori warriors cooked and ate his two mates before his eyes.
Not only that, but Jackie was forced to eat some of the flesh himself.
It is difficult to say what any man would do in those
then on Jackie lived with those Maoris as one of them.
He eventually married a fine Maori woman who made him an
excellent wife. It wasnít
until he had been living amongst
the tribe for some time and had got hold of the language,
that he found out why they did not kill him. It was all because
he had received a wound on the head a few days before the ship was
wrecked. He tied a big rag
around it and the Maoris took the unusual headband as a sign
of his being a great chief. Obviously they did not want to mess
with Jackieís Mana (Power of his
Marmonís acquaintance with New Zealand and its people was certainly an
early one, apparently
commencing in 1817.
looks like he was the first
white man to come to live here on the Hokianga.
When the first known Traderís ship came into the harbour for
water and food, there was a white man among the Maoris who came down to
meet the shore party. He
spoke English too, because
he warned them not to drink the water of that place because it was tapu,
and they would be killed if they did so.
He refused to tell the sailors how he had got there or where he
had come from. But
everything afterwards pointed to his being Marmon.
facts about Jackie Marmon:
Tides of Hokianga, Page
68 to 73