Copy of letter from Mr. James Mackay, Junr., to the Native Secretary, Auckland.
Referring to your request that I should report on the present condition and prospects of the Natives residing in the Middle Island of New Zealand, I have now the honour to enclose herewith a report on that subject, in which I have endeavoured to show, as nearly as possible, the actual position of affairs, and the real feelings of the Natives towards the Governmnt. In ordeer to do so distinctly, I have placed the matter contained in it under five heads, viz:—
|1.||Population. Location of tribes.|
|2.||General condition of Natives.|
|3.||Native King movement, and the war.|
|4.||Native Assessors, and Native Runangas.|
|5.||Native reserves, and the individualization of Native title.|
Hoping the information thus conveyed may not be without value, as showing the state of Natives when closely intermixed with a European population.
I have, &c.,
James Mackay, Junr., Assistant Native Secretary.The Native Secretary, Auckland.