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Notes on Sir William Martin's Pamphlet Entitled the Taranaki Question

Page 14

Page 14.

"The boundary line."………

Sir W. Martin's quotation of this "boundary line" would imply that the Waitara was intentionally excluded by Governor Hobson. It is necessary to show that this is a complete misconception.

When the original arrangement was made by Governor Hobson with Colonel Wakefield in September 1841, as to the right of selection to be exercised by the New Zealand Company, the New Plymouth Settlement was described as follows: "50,000 acres more or less, to be surveyed and allotted by the Company in the neighbourhood of New Plymouth, the boundaries whereof are as follows:— The Coast line from Sugar Loaf Point, extending in a northerly direction ten miles in direct distance; from thence a line at right angles with the coast line, eight miles; from thence by a line parallel with the Coast line, ten miles; and thence by a line parallel with the northern boundary to the sea coast at Sugar Loaf Point."

These "ten miles" came close up to the Waitara, but just left out the river. On the 15th October 1841 Mr. Carrington pointed out the injury this would be to the Settlement. On the 5th November 1841, Colonel Wakefield wrote to the Company: "I am about to apply to the Governor for an extension of the Block at Taranaki to the amount of 30,720 acres." On the 25th April 1842, Governor Hobson wrote to the Resident Magistrate at Taranaki:—"I have purchased Te Whero Whero's claims, as well to your block of land as that which extends thirty miles to the north of what Colonel Wakefield pointed out to me as your northern boundary……I have permitted them [the Waikatos] to settle near you, but by no means to infringe upon you. They will locate on your northern frontier……….Have the goodness to point out to Mr. Whiteley your boundary line, and to inform him on behalf of the Natives where they may go without interfering with the settlers."