An Epitome of Official Documents Relative to Native Affairs and Land Purchases in the North Island of New Zealand
[John Grant Johnson's description of Oruarangi]
The land alluded to is Oruarangi, a small patch about seventy acres in extent, to the West of Mangere farms, and separated by a creek bearing that name from the native reserve at Ihumatao, to which it may be said to be contiguous, and to form a part. Jabez and Wetere claimed it in common with the writer, but it having been sold to Geddes by the Ngatiwhatua, the real owners, it reverted to the Crown when it took possession of the surplus of the Geddes-Imlay claim. The Surveyor-General allowed the natives I have mentioned to occupy it as an act of grace—it being expedient to do so— during the troubles that took place on the location of Mangere in 1851; and I recommended him not to purchase their claims over it. I have heard—but I cannot vouch for the truth of the report— that private Europeans have given Wetere, &c., a douceur to let it fall again into the hands of Government.
The Ngatiwhatua would not like a payment being made on account of this land; but if Mr. Ligar has done anything more about it, it has been done while I have been at the North, and I have no cognizance of the same.
I have, &c.,
John Grant Johnson,