Object #1024860 from MS-Papers-0032-0006

2 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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MEMORANDUM. (undated.)

I herewith transmit a return, shewing the purchases concluded with the Wairarapa natives during my late visit to that district, together with cases of dispute referred to me, while there.

Those purchases comprise altogether about 10,000 acres; and from being adjacent to lands already alienated to the Crown, and in some cases, intersecting property in the possession of Europeans, I considered it advisable to effect these purchases.

A very small outlay will be sufficient to define these boundaries of the several blocks preparatory to their being proclaimed as open for sale.

Numerous Meetings were held with the Wairarapa natives, at which attempts were made by several of them to advance fresh claims to lands previously ceded by them.

After a careful enquiry into all the pretended claims raised by the natives, I was glad to find that their own sense of justice

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induced them to relinquish such claims, excepting a few unimportant ones, relating to reserves and boundaries; which were not defined by survey at the time of purchase, and which are now in course of adjustment.

English (ATL)

MEMORANDUM. (undated.)

I herewith transmit a return, shewing the purchases concluded with the Wairarapa natives during my late visit to that district, together with cases of dispute referred to me, while there.

Those purchases comprise altogether about 10,000 acres; and from being adjacent to lands already alienated to the Crown, and in some cases, intersecting property in the possession of Europeans, I considered it advisable to effect these purchases.

A very small outlay will be sufficient to define these boundaries of the several blocks preparatory to their being proclaimed as open for sale.

Numerous Meetings were held with the Wairarapa natives, at which attempts were made by several of them to advance fresh claims to lands previously ceded by them.

After a careful enquiry into all the pretended claims raised by the natives, I was glad to find that their own sense of justice induced them to relinquish such claims, excepting a few unimportant ones, relating to reserves and boundaries; which were not defined by survey at the time of purchase, and which are now in course of adjustment.

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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