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Correspondence Relative to the Manawatu Block

[Enclosure 13 in No. 1.]

Enclosure 13 in No. 1.

Copy of a Letter from the Lord Bishop of Wellington to Mr. Rolleston.

Bishop's House,

Wellington, 13th September, 1866.


The letter enclosed herewith has been sent to me signed by Nepia Taratoa, of Rangitikei, but whether it is his writing or not I cannot say. Therefore I should have taken no notice of it, nor thought it my duty to forward it to the Native Office, had not Hohepa of Porirua, and Horomona of Otaki, (both of whom are desirous to sell the Manawatu Block,) come to me on Monday last to say that they were afraid of mischief, as they and Ihakara had been urged by Mr. Buller, acting as interpreter for Dr. Featherston, to interrupt the survey. The words they quoted were "me unu nga pou."* They further said that Ihakara was bent upon doing so, but that they strongly dissuaded it as almost certain to create disturbance. I recommended them to make their communication to the Native Office.

I now feel it my duty to forward the letter I have received on the same subject.

I have, &c.,

W. Rolleston, Esq., Native Secretary.

C. J. Wellington.

* The (surveyor) pegs must be taken up.

Sub-Enclosure to Enclosure 13 in No. 1.

Ki a te Pihopa,—

Matahiwi, 9 o Hepetema, 1866.

E hoa kua whakahau a te Petatone kia tangohia te tini a te Pakeha, rougo tonu nga tangata a te Petatone, ka haere mai ki te pana i a matou, katahi ka karanga kia puhia te pakeha. Mau ano e ui atu ki te Pakeha.

Na Nepia Taratoa.


To the Bishop,

Matahiwi, 9th September, 1866.

Friend Dr Featherston has given directions to have the chain of the Pakeha taken away and Dr.Featherston's people have done so accordingly. They came to drive us off; then they called out for the Pakeha to be skot, You ask the Pakeha.