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Correspondence Relative to the Manawatu Block

[Translation.] — To the Maori Messenger (Karere Maori.)

To the Maori Messenger (Karere Maori.)

Takapu Houkamau's House, April 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

This was our fixed determination expressed in the presence of Dr. Featherston and all the Europeans of these rivers. This was the first word.

Dr. Featherston,—"This holding fast of Ngatiraukawa to this side of Rangitikei is not a new thing; it existed long ago, at the time of Governor Grey and Mr. McLean. We quietly gave up the other side (of Rangitikei) to the desire of Ngatiapa; that went in a clear manner to the Governor. This side was retained in a clear manner. After that time it was Mr. McLean and Governor Browne. Searaneke again urged upon Ngatiapa. Governor Browne did not hearken to the voice of Ngatiapa. I settled about Manawatu to this Governor, and Rangitikei to Governor Grey. There was no such word of those Governor's (as this of yours) if you hearken to the voice of Whanganui and Ngatiapa it will be wrong."

Six men, chiefs of the tribe, expressed these words. Dr. Featherston made no reply to these words. The word in respect of surveying the land— that was replied to. The words respecting the Land Court, he replied to. He said nothing either in praise of, or depreciating to, the decision of the other Governors. The words regarding recent measures (such as the Land Court) he replied to.

We gave expression to these words.

(Here follow 19 signatures.)

Let it be done in a proper manner, not in a way resembling a taking by force.