In the 1860s most of Manawatū passed from Māori to Crown ownership. This map, from Buick’s Old Manawatu, published in 1903, shows some of the principal blocks. There were years of litigation about the purchase of the Rangitikei–Manawatū block, which lay between the Rangitīkei and Ōroua rivers.
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Reference: Thomas Lindsay Buick, Old Manawatu. Palmerston North: Buick and Young, 1903, facing p. 168
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