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Further Papers Relative to Native Affairs

No. 4

page 6

No. 4.

Mr. Strode to the Native Secretary.

Dunedin, 20th November, 1860.


I have the honor to report that the Natives residing on the Reserve at, the Heads of Otago Harbour and those at Aparima on Jacob's river, have at length consented to a proper division of the land with the view of individualizing their holdings, and that they are now perfectly willing to cede the Reserves to the Government on condition of their receiving Crown Grants for the portions allotted to each individual or family. They have requested me to beg of yon to be good enough to obtain the sanction of His Excellency the Governor to the employment of a surveyor to lay out the allotments in proper form, the Natives themselves being perfectly willing to assist in cutting lines or otherwise is the performance of the work.

I apprehend that the Government will not object to bear the expense of the survey of these Reserves, considering the great advantages that will accrue from the plan contemplated; and I would urge strongly the necessity for prompt action to be taken in the matter as, should any length of time elapse before concluding the arrangement, I fear it would involve considerable trouble hereafter if not the entire abandonment of the idea on the part of the Natives.

I have, &c,

A. Chetham Strode,
Assistant Native Secretary.

Donald McLean, Esq.,
Native Secretary, Auckland.