Story: Whanganui region

Buying the Rangitīkei block

The government agent Donald McLean carried out the Crown purchase of the Rangitīkei block – the lowland between the Rangitīkei and Turakina rivers, stretching about 30 kilometres inland from the coast. These two letters from 1849 record a first payment of £1,000 to the Ngāti Apa chiefs who agreed to the sale.

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Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - European settlement, 1840–1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Diana Beaglehole, updated 1 Jun 2015