In 1857, a number of chiefs from Poutini Ngāi Tahu wrote this letter to Donald McLean, the government’s chief land purchase officer. They outlined their concerns about the purchase of their land. They noted that they were willing to sell it for £2,500, and that when the land was sold they wanted to make arrangements for reserves. It was signed by the chiefs Tarapuhi, Te Iwipihi Paturi, Makarini Tohi, Inia Pikiwara, Po Arama Hotu, and Hakiaha. Despite the fact that during later negotiations it was made clear that Poutini Ngāi Tahu wished to protect their pounamu, the reserves did not achieve this.
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