Object #1013028 from MS-Papers-0032-0125

3 pages written 8 Apr 1851 by Henry Halse in New Plymouth District to Sir Donald McLean

From: Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 digitised items). No Item Description

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COPY. New Plymouth

April 8th. 1851.


A complaint was made to the Resident Magistrate yesterday, by Wiremu Piti, that Mr. Smart was ploughing up land outside the Fitz Roy boundary, on the North side of Waiwakaiho.

Mr. Octavius Carrington, surveyor, was employed by Captain King, to mark out the boundary; and I was ordered to go with him to enquire into the complaint.

Mr. Carrington's survey corresponded with the map, and shewed that Mr. Smart was only cultivating his own property, and the natives were accordingly told so; whereupon Wiremu Te Ahoaho came forward and disputed the surveyor's work, alleging the original and correct boundary to be, as marked in the accompanying tracing.

Wiremu Ropiha Motutere agreed with Te Ahoaho, and stated his intention of cultivating the whole of the land outside the alleged boundary.

Henere te Ware, Manihera Patara, te Paki, natives from Wellington - Ihakara, Enoka, Matena and others, though they did not speak, I am told, encouraged the movement.

Honi Ropiha reminded Te Ahoaho that the boundary now disputed, was defined by himself, and he endeavoured, with effect, to persuade the party to acknowledge the boundary laid down on the map, and now marked out by Mr. Carrington.

The island marked Te Papa, is called by the natives Te Ohu, and the question appears to turn on this, the line on the map running at an angle to Te Ohu, (called te Papa) while the natives require that the line should run to the latter island, which would deprive Mr. Smart's farm of 47 acres.

Honi Ropiha succeeded in getting Te Ahoaho and Wiremu Erangi's consent to leave the disputed land alone until your return, provided Mr. Smart in no way interfered with it.

I accordingly went to Mr. Smart, who has cultivated this land for upwards of six years, without Question. He told me his tenant had given notice of his intention to quit, in consequence of the conduct of the natives, and the house and farm would both be abandoned.

I have the honour to be Sir,
Your most obedient humble servant (Signed)
H. Halse
Sergt. A.P.F. To:- D. McLean Esq.
Inspector of Police.

Part of:
Papers relating to provincial affairs - Taranaki. Inspector of police, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0125 (46 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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