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Handwritten address presented to John Bryce by the people the Opunake Town Board, 1882.

The address reads:
To the Hon. John Bryce,
Native Minister for
New Zealand.
Dear Sir,
On behalf of the people of Opunake and surrounding Districts we beg to tender you our congratulations upon your successful tour through the King Country and for the friendly manner in which you were received by the great Ngatamanopoto [Ngāti Maniapoto] Chiefs and people.
We sincerely hope that the bold and at the same time prudent course adopted by you will tend to secure lasting peace to the Colony and to the opening up of the North Island from its most southerly to its most northerly points.
We bear in grateful recollection your services to this portion of the Island. The course pursued by you and your Government is now beginning to bear fruits. Tens of thousands of acres have been settled, the Native population is more friendly and industrious and the European settlers have no longer a feeling of insecurity. In a very short time we sincerely hope to see all that once disputed country, lying between the Waingongoro and Stoney Rivers settled upon by a European population and living in amity with their Maori neighbours, and that the settlement of the country from Mokau to Alexandra may also be speedily accomplished.
We would take this opportunity of expressing our thanks for the release of Mr. Hursthouse and his companions and satisfaction that the majesty of the law has been vindicated by the capture of Te Mahuki and his followers.
Once more congratulating you upon your successful career as Native Minister of the Colony.
We remain
Dear Sir
Your Obedient Servants
[Signatures of Opunake Town Board and Opunake Town and District Committee members]
[Stamped Opunake Town Board 1882]
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