[Extract from New Zealand Gazette:]
G F. Bowen, Governor.Order in Council. At the Government Buildings, at Wellington, the twelfth day of June, 1871. Present: The Hon. the Premier, presiding, and Members of the Executive Council.
Hawke's Bay District.
Whereas by an Act of the General Assembly of New Zealand, intituled "The New Zealand Native Reserves Act, 1856," certain powers therein specified are vested in the Commissioners under the said Act: And whereas by another Act of the General Assembly of New Zealand, intituled "The Native Reserves Amendment Act, 1862," all the powers and authorities which by "The New Zealand Native Reserves Act, 1856," are given to or vested in, or which may be exercised by, Commissioners appointed or to be appointed under that Act, shall vest in and may be exercised by the Governor; and it is by the said Act further enacted that the Governor may, by an Order in Council, from time to time delegate all or any of the powers competent to the Commissioners under the said Act unto any person or persons for any period, and subject to any regulations or stipulations as may be specified in such order:
Now, therefore, His Excellency Sir George Ferguson Bowen, in exercise of the power and authority so vested in him as Governor as aforesaid, doth by this Order in Council delegate, until this order shall be revoked, to Samuel Locke, Esquire, all the powers competent to Commissioners under the said first-recited Act, without any restrictions or stipulations whatever.
William Fox.,Forster Goring
Clerk of the Executive Council.