Object #1033089 from MS-Papers-0032-0317
2 pages written 17 Oct 1873 by Henry Halse
From: Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 digitised items).
50 letters written from Waiuku, Whangarei, Wellington, New Plymouth. Includes some undated and incomplete letters; also letters from McLean to Halse
A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.
Hone Meihana stated before the Native Land Court that before the Ahu Turanga Deed was signed, he, and the other Natives interested, wished the Taonui stream to be made the boundary, that he objected to sign the Deed, because it did not make Taonui the boundary - that Mr. Buller promised to arrange this hereafter - that he, and the other Natives, then signed the Deed. Hone Meihana states that he had two conversations with Mr. McLean with reference to the boundary and a third conversation with Mr. Cooper - then it was that Mr. McLean promised to make Taonui the boundary.
The Deed of sale of Ahu Turanga block, dated 23rd. July 1864, describes the boundary thus, "from Rua Puha to Waikuku". The Taonui stream which is a tributary to the Oroua river is not mentioned - the Waikuku is a point on the Taonui stream - the Ruapuha is a point on the Oroua river above the source of the Taonui stream.
The area between original boundary, and that claimed by Hone Meihana is 3,000 acres as estimated by Mr. Jackson Chief Surveyor in the Province of Wellington.
It seems to me that the best course would be to compensate the Native claimants for the 3,000 acres of land, and let the boundary remain as it stands in the Deed.
I only ascertained the area of the piece claimed by Hone Meihana this day.
17 Oct. 73.
Inward letters - Henry Halse, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0317 (50 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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