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An Epitome of Official Documents Relative to Native Affairs and Land Purchases in the North Island of New Zealand

Memorandum by His Excellency the Governor

Memorandum by His Excellency the Governor.

Government House, Auckland, 12th March, 1861.
1.The possibility of establishing a Court for the settlement of disputed claims to land (over which the Native title has not been extinguished), whether between Maoris themselves or between the Government and Maoris, is a subject to which the Governor desires to call the special attention of Ministers. If it is possible to devise any plan which is likely to be practically useful he thinks it should be embodied in a Bill, and should be referred to in the Governor's Speech on opening the next session of the Assembly.
2.The Governor thinks that arrangements should be made to separate the office of Land Purchase Commissioner from that of Native Secretary.