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Correspondence Relative to the Manawatu Block



Puketotara, Manawatu, 13th June, 1866.

O Friend Mr. FitzGerald,—

Salutations to you. This is a letter of ours to you so as you may know our thoughts regarding the land which is being sold by Hoani Meihana and Tapa te Whata, on the Oroua side of Rangitikei. We, the chiefs and all the people, are averse to the sale of that land; let this be a lasting possession for us—the boundary commencing at Whitirea (region of Manawatu); thence toward the sea; from Whitirea to Te Atatuhi; thence to Otupere; there the boundary turns off and goes to Kaikokopu, to Kakahuera, to Omanuka, to Puketotara, to Te Kawau, Totarataepa Te Kopuapokororo, Te Puta, Whakamoetakapu, Paeroa, Papauku; there it turns off to Te Umutoi (region of Oroua); thence along the course of Oroua to Te Awahuri; following the course of the Oroua to Puketotara, meeting the starting point Whitirea. We are the holders back of this portion from the sale, that is to say, of the side towards the Oroua and Manawatu. There are also other persons on the side towards Rangitikei who have, perhaps, been to you to let you know their views and their names. When you have therefore seen our thoughts send them to your Runanga, so that they also may see. That is all we have to say.

From us the people of Ngatikauwhata and Ngatiwehiwehi.

From the whole people.

[Here follow 12 signatures.]