Peg, Surveying

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A long pūriri surveying peg which is narrow and quite eroded. One end has been sawn off and the other end has been sharpened to a point. A discoloured paper label with handwriting in sepia coloured ink is attached with two nails at the blunt end. " Puriri peg put in survey of Bell / Block by O. Carrington 1852 taken out / re survey of section 2 by T. G. Sole 1895 " is written on the label.
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This pūriri peg was planted in the original survey of the Bell Block in 1852 which followed the deeply divisive sale of 1500 acres of land by the Puketapu hapū in 1848. Rawiri Waiaua, chief of the Hua portion was happy to sell while Te Waitere Katatore, leading another tribal grouping committed to holding the land. The dispute was the flashpoint which ignited the period of inter-hapu conflict known by settlers as the Puketapu feud. It was not until 1853 until settlers started moving onto the land.
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