Object #1025410 from MS-Papers-0032-0218

3 pages written 16 Jan 1874 by Henry Tacy Clarke to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0218 (56 digitised items). 50 letters written from Tauranga, Maketu, Auckland and Waimate, 1871-1876

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N. Office Jany. 16th 1874


My dear Mr. McLean

In re districts under Native Lands Act I have consulted Wi Kateni and he concurs with me that it should be the same as the Resident Magistrates District -- That is from Ngunguru or Tutukaka on East Coast to Maunganui on west coast -- taking in the whole of the north part of the Island (Mangonui Ahipara Whangaroa Bay of Islands Hokianga Whengaruru etc) This is a large district and to do the work satisfactorily a separate office should be appointed -- Who shall be District Officer and Interpreter -- Neither Mr. Williams nor Von Sturmer can undertake the work -- Kateni suggests the appointment of Mr.James Davis, who from his experience and knowledge of native

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manners and customs would be every way suited to the work. He is a splendid linguist and is generally liked by the natives -- his salary to keep him from starving should be £200 with £25 for travelling allowance -- Will you favorably consider this.

I propose to give Booth the whole of this end of the Island -- but not to make him an Interpreter of the Court. This will impose a good deal of extra work upon him in as much as he will have to write a sort of Tribal history as connected with the principal blocks of land.

I propose proclaiming the whole of Middle Island as one District with Mr. A. Mackay District Officer --

I propose also defining -- one District between Auckland and the Northern District -- one District at Thames to include Waikato, and one District Bay of Plenty to extend to

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Taupo -- but these last require some consideration.

I have no time to say any more as the orderly will be waiting.


Yours faithfully,
Hy. T. Clarke

English (ATL)

N. Office Jany. 16th 1874


My dear Mr. McLean

In re districts under Native Lands Act I have consulted Wi Kateni and he concurs with me that it should be the same as the Resident Magistrates District -- That is from Ngunguru or Tutukaka on East Coast to Maunganui on west coast -- taking in the whole of the north part of the Island (Mangonui Ahipara Whangaroa Bay of Islands Hokianga Whengaruru etc) This is a large district and to do the work satisfactorily a separate office should be appointed -- Who shall be District Officer and Interpreter -- Neither Mr. Williams nor Von Sturmer can undertake the work -- Kateni suggests the appointment of Mr.James Davis, who from his experience and knowledge of native manners and customs would be every way suited to the work. He is a splendid linguist and is generally liked by the natives -- his salary to keep him from starving should be £200 with £25 for travelling allowance -- Will you favorably consider this.

I propose to give Booth the whole of this end of the Island -- but not to make him an Interpreter of the Court. This will impose a good deal of extra work upon him in as much as he will have to write a sort of Tribal history as connected with the principal blocks of land.

I propose proclaiming the whole of Middle Island as one District with Mr. A. Mackay District Officer --

I propose also defining -- one District between Auckland and the Northern District -- one District at Thames to include Waikato, and one District Bay of Plenty to extend to Taupo -- but these last require some consideration.

I have no time to say any more as the orderly will be waiting.


Yours faithfully,
Hy. T. Clarke

Part of:
Inward letters - Henry Tacy Clarke, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0218 (56 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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