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Written by Jack Lee, "The old land claims in New Zealand"   
Tuesday, 10 November 2009

"In 1839, anticipating his political demise, Busby had launched upon a land buying spree. Between February 1839 and the end of the year he had added 7,210 acres to his waitangi estate, bringing it up to 10,105, and had also acquired 25,000 acres in the Ruakaka-Waipu district and 15,000 at Ngunguru, on the east coast, both to the south and north of Whangarei Harbour."
(page 51-52)

"While still unaware of the fate of his Whangarei claims, Busby, with his partner Gilbert Mair, a trader and merchant at the Bay of Islands, installed machinery at Ngunguru at a cost of £750, and with a Captain W. J. Lewington as manager produced timber for the New Zealand market."
(page 52)

"...the Ruakaka-Waipu claim extended over 20 miles inland to the Tangihua Range. it was contiguous to the Ngunguru claim, and thus included the Whangarei Harbour."
(page 55)

Source: Jack Lee, "The old land claims in New Zealand", NHPS 1993. Available from Ngunguru Llibrary. Dewey no. 990.

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