Object #1009167 from MS-Papers-0032-0006
3 pages written by Sir Donald McLean
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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I submit, for the consideration of His Excellency the Governor, that some steps should be taken to assist the native Chief, Te Manihere; who is much involved in debt, and who is anxious to be extricated from his present difficulties, if the Government will afford him some pecuniary aid for this purpose.
In order to meet his liabilities, he is willing to dispose of his grant of 1000 acres of land in the Wharekaka plain, and of his house and 10 acres of land at Otaraia; for which he can obtain £700. This season he intends to invest in sheep; and requests the Government to advance him a further sum of £600, for the same purpose; for which he will pay 8 per cent interest; and place the sheep in charge of Mr. McMaster of Wairarapa,
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as security, until he has repaid the advance, and discharged the claims of his creditors.
I submit that it would be most desirable to meet Te Manihere's views in this matter; and thereby secure his influence and co-operation.
A pension of £50 a year settled upon this Chief would also be money well-expended; as it would insure the services of an active and intelligent assessor in the Wairarapa district, and permanently attach him to the Government.
It would not, however, be judicious to grant Manihera a pension, unless other Chiefs of equal importance, such as Ngatitueri, Hiko, Ihaia te Watamairu, Te Wereta, Hemi te Miha, and Wiremu te Potangora, have also annuities equal in amount, settled upon them.
A few of the older Chiefs, such as Poheke, Retimona te Kourou, Maka, Te Ropiha,
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Ruka, and Ngaika should also receive £20 a year, to retain their influence and services.
The natives of Wairarapa feel that in surrendering a large tract of country to the Government, they have gained fewer advantages; when they hear that other tribes in the country who have sold no land, are now receiving aid in the shape of annuities, notwithstanding their steadfast opposition to English settlement.
I submit that some early action should be taken to remove this feeling; as the friendly tribes are likely to become more dangerous opponents, from being mixed up with English settlers, than those who openly avow their opposition to the Government; especially if the impression that they are neglected continues to gain ground among them.
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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