Object #1002034 from MS-Papers-0032-0006

3 pages written 10 Jan 1862 by William Nicholas Searancke in Wellington to Sir Donald McLean in Wellington City

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0006 (61 digitised items). Contains correspondence with regard to the purchase of Maori land in Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa in particular, and in Porirua to a lesser extent; some of the correspondence relates to the addressing of Maori grievances arising from the sales; also contains some correspondence about the conditions of McLean's employment and his role as a provincial politicianIncludes minutes of meeting held at Takapuwahia (26 Sep 1861) concerning charges brought against W N Searancke by Te Kakakura Wi Parata over a Ngati Toa land dispute.

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Wellington
10th January 1862


Sir

It is my duty to lay before you such explanations as lie in my power in answer to the charge brought against me in a letter dated 9th October 1861 from His Honor the Superintendent of Wellington to the Honble the Colonial Secretary taken from ''Minutes of an Interview between his Honor and certain Natives on the 26th of September 1861.

I beg to acknowledge receipt of a Copy of Minutes of evidence taken at Takapuahia on the 3rd instant before yourself and W. Fitzherbert Esqre when a further inquiry was made into the truth of the Statements

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made on the 26th Septr. 1861.

On this occasion the whole of the leading Chiefs of the Ngatitoa Tribe were present including ''Nopera'' ''Tungia'' ''Matiu'' ''Hohepa'' ''Wi Kanae'' ''Te Waka'' ''Hora Papera'' ''Wi Parata'' ''Rawiri Waitere'' ''Anaru te Hoakai'' ''Raniera'' and twenty three others; and I beg to call your attention to the contrast between the Natives present at the different meetings also to the nature of the evidence given before His Honor on the 26th of Sept. which Wiremu Parata the Spokesman on the occasion by his own admission allows to be wholly secondary or hearsay evidence.

The Statement referred to by Wi Parata was made by me to Rawiri Puaha in the presence of witnesses and was to this effect in answer to a remark of his ''do not use any harsh measures to the white man, if he is on your land, it must be owing to a mistake which must be properly enquired into and rectified.'' In tendering this advice to the Natives I considered that I was recommendeng the best course for adoption by them

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pending the survey of the Reserve and the adjacent sections which I took the only means in my power to have done by mentioning the dispute in the Pro. Govt. Survey Office and in consequence of which a Surveyor was subsequently sent out.

In corroboration of the above statement of the words made use of by me to Rawiri, I beg to call your attention to the evidence given by Anaru te Hoakai in answer to questions put to him at my suggestion by the joint permission of yourself and Mr. Fitzherbert.

I heard Mr. Searancke say it is very well that he (Stephens) should occupy the land in the meantime, there is a European who will inquire into and settle it.''


I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
William N. Searancke
D. C.

English (ATL)

Wellington
10th January 1862


Sir

It is my duty to lay before you such explanations as lie in my power in answer to the charge brought against me in a letter dated 9th October 1861 from His Honor the Superintendent of Wellington to the Honble the Colonial Secretary taken from ''Minutes of an Interview between his Honor and certain Natives on the 26th of September 1861.

I beg to acknowledge receipt of a Copy of Minutes of evidence taken at Takapuahia on the 3rd instant before yourself and W. Fitzherbert Esqre when a further inquiry was made into the truth of the Statements made on the 26th Septr. 1861.

On this occasion the whole of the leading Chiefs of the Ngatitoa Tribe were present including ''Nopera'' ''Tungia'' ''Matiu'' ''Hohepa'' ''Wi Kanae'' ''Te Waka'' ''Hora Papera'' ''Wi Parata'' ''Rawiri Waitere'' ''Anaru te Hoakai'' ''Raniera'' and twenty three others; and I beg to call your attention to the contrast between the Natives present at the different meetings also to the nature of the evidence given before His Honor on the 26th of Sept. which Wiremu Parata the Spokesman on the occasion by his own admission allows to be wholly secondary or hearsay evidence.

The Statement referred to by Wi Parata was made by me to Rawiri Puaha in the presence of witnesses and was to this effect in answer to a remark of his ''do not use any harsh measures to the white man, if he is on your land, it must be owing to a mistake which must be properly enquired into and rectified.'' In tendering this advice to the Natives I considered that I was recommendeng the best course for adoption by them pending the survey of the Reserve and the adjacent sections which I took the only means in my power to have done by mentioning the dispute in the Pro. Govt. Survey Office and in consequence of which a Surveyor was subsequently sent out.

In corroboration of the above statement of the words made use of by me to Rawiri, I beg to call your attention to the evidence given by Anaru te Hoakai in answer to questions put to him at my suggestion by the joint permission of yourself and Mr. Fitzherbert.

I heard Mr. Searancke say it is very well that he (Stephens) should occupy the land in the meantime, there is a European who will inquire into and settle it.''


I have the honor to be
Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
William N. Searancke
D. C.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0006 (61 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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