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Mr Joshau Jones, of Mokau, has at last (says the ‘ Post ’), after years of sturdy fighting, got his full rights. The Native Land Court hasbeen sitting since the 16th instant at Waitara, Judge O'Brien presiding, to individualise the titles to the Mokau-Mohakatino block and cut out the interests of a few Natives who had not signed the lease to Mr Jones. There was no opposition to Mr Jones’s claim, and the Court sat in compliance with a requisition made very shortly before his death by the old Chief Wetere te Rerenga, who on his deathbed charged his people that there was to be no more trouble with Mr Jones, and that he was to get the land. The Court had, however, some knotty questions to decide amongst the Natives themselves as to their respective shares in the property. The result has been that the dissentient owners retain about 1,000 acres of the block, and the remainder, upwards of; 10,000 acres, is secured to Mr Jones on a long and most favorable lease. Mr Jones is to be congratulated on the result. Few men would have had the energy and courage to persevere as he has done to secure his rights in the face of the most powerful European opposition, and he well deserves the reward which be has now secured.

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THE LAST OF THE MOKAU CASE., Issue 7922, 1 June 1889, Supplement

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THE LAST OF THE MOKAU CASE. Issue 7922, 1 June 1889, Supplement

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