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HITCH IN SETTLEMENT. | I A CHIEF'S BROKEN LEG. ROYALTIES GREATLY INCREASED. [nv telegraph.—own corrksponpent. | TE KULTI. Wednesday. The natives of the Mangnpeehi district held a, big hui at the settlement, today, when the new agreement between Messrs. LI lis and Burnand and the 05 owners of the Taroa Tewhu block of 30,000 acres, estimated to contain 200 million feet of timber, was to have been signed. This was the result of the legislation passedl last session enabling the. agreement, to be varied in response to a petition from Taroa Rangitana and other;;. Eight of tin; owners today signed the agreement, but others refused to do so. The reason was dissatisfaction over an incident on January 29. when the chief Taroa had his leg broken. It appears that Taroa placed an obstruction on a tramway on his land in use by Messrs. Ellis and Burnand, because sonic timber he had ordered from that mill had not come to hand. The imill employees pro ceeded to remove, the obstruction when they were .stopped by Taroa. Constable Prussing, of Origarue, who had been sent for, warned Taroa not to ' interfere, and was shovelling some of the ! obstruction away when Taroa seized the! shovel and a struggle ensued, Taroa | being thrown and having his leg broken. A departmental inquiry was asked for on j behalf of Taroa, but a reply was received j from the Minister for Justice that it j would be better for Taroa to be left, to ; lake what action he thought lit. It j is understood that civil action is being i taken by Taroa against the constable. It is anticipated, however, that the, remainder of the owners of the. block! will sign the agreement, which provides for royalties 150 per cent, higher than the old one. Two shillings per 100 ft. is to he paid for totara and lOd for all other i timbers.

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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19005, 30 April 1925

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MAORIS AND TIMER. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19005, 30 April 1925