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 Four years after returning home, FitzRoy was elected to Parliament in 1841 as a Conservative,​ representing Durham in the Commons. There he worked to improve conditions in the merchantile marine including the regulation of those who wished to be masters or chief mates in the merchant fleets. He also was appointed a Conservator of the River Mersey and carried out a survey of conditions on that commercially important river. Many thought FitzRoy would go far, perhaps a Cabinet post or President of the Board of Trade, and most certainly a knighthood. But none that was to be. In the Spring of 1843, FitzRoy life took an unexpected turn when he was offered the position of Governor of New Zealand, which he dutifully and enthusiastically accepted. Four years after returning home, FitzRoy was elected to Parliament in 1841 as a Conservative,​ representing Durham in the Commons. There he worked to improve conditions in the merchantile marine including the regulation of those who wished to be masters or chief mates in the merchant fleets. He also was appointed a Conservator of the River Mersey and carried out a survey of conditions on that commercially important river. Many thought FitzRoy would go far, perhaps a Cabinet post or President of the Board of Trade, and most certainly a knighthood. But none that was to be. In the Spring of 1843, FitzRoy life took an unexpected turn when he was offered the position of Governor of New Zealand, which he dutifully and enthusiastically accepted.
  
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 FitzRoy arrived in time to adjudicate the Wairau massacre, finding that the New Zealand Company settlers had no right to try to arrest Te Rauparaha but that Te Rangihaeata was wrong to have executed the prisoners taken in the affray. This infuriated the settlers while Te Rauparaha sent a message that FitzRoy should not trouble to send soldiers to find him at Waikanae as he would be happy to turn up in Wellington with a thousand warriors on any date FitzRoy cared to name. In less than two years, political allies of the New Zealand Company engineered FitzRoy’s recall while the settlers in Nelson burnt him in effigy. As the Gribbins point out in their biography, ironically FitzRoy was not recalled because of the citizens'​ petitions for his removal, nor any overall failing of his administration,​ but due to changing politics back home. With hindsight, we might well applaud FitzRoy for his governorship as he stood up for native rights. FitzRoy arrived in time to adjudicate the Wairau massacre, finding that the New Zealand Company settlers had no right to try to arrest Te Rauparaha but that Te Rangihaeata was wrong to have executed the prisoners taken in the affray. This infuriated the settlers while Te Rauparaha sent a message that FitzRoy should not trouble to send soldiers to find him at Waikanae as he would be happy to turn up in Wellington with a thousand warriors on any date FitzRoy cared to name. In less than two years, political allies of the New Zealand Company engineered FitzRoy’s recall while the settlers in Nelson burnt him in effigy. As the Gribbins point out in their biography, ironically FitzRoy was not recalled because of the citizens'​ petitions for his removal, nor any overall failing of his administration,​ but due to changing politics back home. With hindsight, we might well applaud FitzRoy for his governorship as he stood up for native rights.
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