June 28th. 1860.
Donald McLean, Esq.
It may seem out of place to trouble you with our native affairs when your time is so absorbed by the troubles in the north. Since however you were so good as to request that I would inform you of anything that I thought would be of benefit to the Maoris, I am encouraged to draw your attention to the subject of the division of the Kaiapoi Reserve. I was gratefully surprised on my return from Otago to find that Mr. Buller had succeeded in gaining the assent of the natives to an equal partition of the land and bush. It is a matter of regret, that he had not full powers granted to issue titles, or if that could not be, that steps were not taken to legalise the division of the Reserve as soon as possible. Knowing as you do the fickle character of the Maori I am sure you will agree with me that the sooner, it is legalised the better.
I consider the result of Mr Buller's labors a great step in advance. The struggle between the supporters of Maori custom and English ideas was long and obstinate, but owing to Mr. Buller's patience and tact the progress party triumphed. Already fences are being put up and land ploughed on the sections, but as they are not sure of
their boundaries, many will probably loose the results of their industry when the block come to be properly laid out. I hope therefore that the Govet. will take immediate steps towards having the farms surveyed and C. Grants issued to the several holders.
It is very advisable that Mr. Buller should return to superintend the survey, for unless he is present, disputes are sure to arise which may endanger the success of this interesting movement.
There is report current amongst the Maoris here that W. Kingi was encouraged to try his strength with the pakeha by the fact that all the chiefs who have gone to war with the English have died peaceably in their beds.
Hoping you will be soon restored to the blessings of peace,
Believe me to remain,
James W. Stack.
P.S. I return the warrants appointing Tamati and Hone ad they are not dated.
Inward letters - William Harsant, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0329 (17 digitised items)
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