- Late 1879 – 1880.
- Chairman, William Fox insisted no land surveys around Parihaka be carried out until report was completed.
- Bryce agreed unless necessary road repairs were required.
- In April 1880 he sent in 550 armed soldiers to “repair” a new road leading directly to Parihaka.
- Te Whiti responded with hospitality – giving the soldiers food.
- The soldiers intentionally tore up fences around Parihaka crops – leaving them to the mercy of wandering stock.
- Soldiers marked out road lines across crops and cultivations.
- Every night the Māori would come out and rebuild the fences.
- The Constabulary began arresting the Māori.
- As arrests grew Māori came from around the country to take part.
- Eventually there were so few men left at Parihaka they were arresting boys and old men.
- About 400 ploughers and fencers were imprisoned in poor conditions. Many died in their cells.