Object #1005986 from MS-Papers-0032-0003

3 pages written 16 Mar 1849 by Sir Donald McLean in Rangitikei District to Wellington

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items). Contains papers dealing with the purchase of Maori land; in particular, there are official papers about `Old Land Claims' (ie pre Treaty of Waitangi); there is also extensive correspondence about the purchase of land in the Rangitikei area from Ngati Apa, and a related dispute about ownership between Ngati Apa and Ngati Raukawa; there is also a letter from Henry Tiffin outlining the concerns of Wairarapa Maori about an invasion by Ngati Toa Also includes translation of a letter by the Ngati Toa outlining the boundaries of land ceded to the Crown in 1847.

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Letter from Donald McLean, Inspector of Police, to the Hon., the Colonial Secretary, reporting Meeting of tribes at Rangitikei, dated 16th. March 1849.
COPY Rangitikei,
16th. March 1849


Sir,

I have the honor to acquaint you, for the information of His Excellency, the Lieut. Governor, that a numerous Meeting of the Ngatiraukawa, and Ngatiapa tribes was held at this river yesterday, and to-day, to discuss the disputed claims existing between those tribes, respecting the land offered for sale by the Ngatiapas, to the Government.

The Meeting was conducted in a more amicable manner than

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was previously anticipated by either party; and the result has been that the right of the Ngatiapas to dispose of the whole of their land, North of Rangitikei, on to the Wanganui district, is undisputed.

The Ngatiraukawas also acknowledge the right of the Ngatiapas to a portion of the South bank of Rangitkei, but still manifest the strong opposition to its being purchased, or possessed by Europeans.

I am now prepared to carry out all necessary arrangements for finally completing the purchase of the undisputed territory, which is of considerable extent,

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and trust I may shortly have two surveyors to lay out Native Reserves, and fix the external boundaries, where it is found desirable to do so.

I take advantage of Major Durie's starting from here to Waikanae at 5 in the morning, to forward this brief communication of proceedings; and shall avail of the next opportunity to report more fully.

I have the honor to remain,


Sir,
Your very obedient servant, (Signed)
Donald McLean,
Inspector of Police, To:- The Hon. the Colonial Secretary, Wellington.

English (ATL)


Letter from Donald McLean, Inspector of Police, to the Hon., the Colonial Secretary, reporting Meeting of tribes at Rangitikei, dated 16th. March 1849.
COPY Rangitikei,
16th. March 1849


Sir,

I have the honor to acquaint you, for the information of His Excellency, the Lieut. Governor, that a numerous Meeting of the Ngatiraukawa, and Ngatiapa tribes was held at this river yesterday, and to-day, to discuss the disputed claims existing between those tribes, respecting the land offered for sale by the Ngatiapas, to the Government.

The Meeting was conducted in a more amicable manner than was previously anticipated by either party; and the result has been that the right of the Ngatiapas to dispose of the whole of their land, North of Rangitikei, on to the Wanganui district, is undisputed.

The Ngatiraukawas also acknowledge the right of the Ngatiapas to a portion of the South bank of Rangitkei, but still manifest the strong opposition to its being purchased, or possessed by Europeans.

I am now prepared to carry out all necessary arrangements for finally completing the purchase of the undisputed territory, which is of considerable extent, and trust I may shortly have two surveyors to lay out Native Reserves, and fix the external boundaries, where it is found desirable to do so.

I take advantage of Major Durie's starting from here to Waikanae at 5 in the morning, to forward this brief communication of proceedings; and shall avail of the next opportunity to report more fully.

I have the honor to remain,


Sir,
Your very obedient servant, (Signed)
Donald McLean,
Inspector of Police, To:- The Hon. the Colonial Secretary, Wellington.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 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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