Object #1003115 from MS-Papers-0032-0658
From: Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 digitised items). 93 letters and memos written from Wairoa, Napier and Wanganui, 1864-1873. Includes piece-level inventory of letters accessioned pre-1969.
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April 30th 1868
I beg to inform you that I have as fully as possible ascertained the views of the opponents to Hamana's proposed sale of the 'Wa hui Tara' Block to the Govt., and the case may be summed up in the following manner.
Hamana is recognised by all parties as having in right of ancestry a principal title to the entire Block: and under the old system could have sold, and divided the payment amongst the subordinates according to his view of their respective interests - The Lands Court having opened the door to a more formal recognition of these rights, the holders insist upon being dealt with separately - in respect of their individual claims. 'Hamana' caused the first survey to be made of the entire Block, and it was then leased to 'Corbin and Davis' the division of the money for the rent created dissatisfaction, and various claims being sent in the land was subdivided into several blocks a process it is still undergoing and may continue to undergo for an indefinite time and to an unlimited
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'Pawa te Apatu' by his own admission has little to do with it.
'Ahipene' has a pretty large claim which he may or may not make good - Matiu claims one entire subdivision the 'Rua rakaiputara' containing 300 ac: under occupation by Reedes and McNain -
'Ngatimoe whare' another of some 160 ac: -As the block contains between five and six thousand acres there is ample margin for making the advance suggested to 'Hamana' 'Maihi' and 'Karamia' - The opportunity might also be taken of converting from leasehold into freehold the Block leased from 'Maihi' alleging as a reason that it falls some 80 or 90 acres short of the Block originally offered - and concerning which the Baygain was made - Beyond obtaining the signatures of the natives now in Napier to an agreement to sell and making them an advance to bind the Transaction, I see nothing to be gained by pressing the case until the sittings of the Lands Court shall have disposed of the opposition claims one way or another - In reference to the 'Paoroa' Block I am in treaty with 'Maraki Kohea' and others but am unable to write definitely by this mail -
I cannot refrain from expressing the extreme dissatisfaction I feel at the obstacles thrown in the way in various quarters and I trust the Government will give me their support in carrying out an object upon which the future prosperity of this district so mainly depends.
I have the honor to be, Sir,
Your most obedt. servt.
George B. Worgan
His Honor D. McLean Esq.
Inward letters - George B Worgan, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0658 (95 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)
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