annoyed to hear of Horomaka being 'sold', since he had rights there himself. 73 To show his displeasure, in October 1839 he 'sold' the whole peninsula to the Wellers for goods valued at £67. With this 'deed', the Wellers made thousands of pounds selling parts of Horomaka to gullible parties in Sydney. 74
Clayton and Leathart in 1837, as we have seen, had got Tuauau to sign a document purporting to convey the peninsula to Clayton, and Leathart got Taiaroa to 'sell' him half of it again for £40 in 1839. Leathart sold his Taiaroa deed to the Sydney syndicate of Cooper, Holt and Rhodes, for £325. 75 On the strength of this, William Rhodes landed a herd of short-horn cattle at Takapuneke for a cattle station. 76 Clayton sold his October 1837 deed for the whole peninsula to a Frenchman for £1,500 in August 1840. 77 In Sydney, such transactions promoted the fiction that the tribal lands of Te Wai Pounamu were privately owned by chiefs, and ripe for the picking. But in southern New Zealand the transactions caused resentment against the land-selling chiefs, and fresh dissension.
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Publication information: Book title: The Long Dispute:Maori Land Rights and European Colonisation in Southern New Zealand. Contributors: Harry C. Evison - Author. Publisher: Canterbury University Press. Place of publication: Christchurch, New Zealand. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 80.
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