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

Page 59

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Page 59.

"The Government also avoided the unsatisfactory course."…………

Two inaccuracies are suggested here.

In the first place, it is notorious that no one but the Land Purchase Commissioners ever investigated any objections to purchases. In the second place, it is notorious that in the Waitara case (as in every other) it was the Governor and not the Land Purchase Commissioners who decided on the objection raised by Wiremu Kingi.

But a further inaccuracy is implied in the observation. In the great majority of cases in which "objections" have ever been made to any purchase, the objections were made by proprietors, having rightful claims of ownership within it. If Wiremu Kingi had at any time asserted that he possessed a proprietary right, all proceedings would have been stayed till his "objection" had been investigated. What the Government refused to entertain or investigate was the "objection" of the Land League, headed by Wiremu Kingi who was its mouthpiece, to any land being sold by the rightful owners.