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FOR THE NORTHERN PART OF THE COLONY OF
PRINTED FOR THE NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT,
BY WILLIAMSON & WILSON.
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TO HIS EXCELLENCY COLONEL WYNYARD, C. B.
H. M. Surveying Vessel "Pandora,"
Monday, 21st August, 1854.
I have the honour to transmit to your Excellency the accompanying revised sailing directions, &c., for the northern part of this Colony. The Hydrographer of the Admiralty desired me to impart such information to the Colonial Government from time to time, as might be useful, and I have, agreeably to his desire, forwarded to the Colonial Secretary, reports on harbours, sailing directions, and suggestions for beacons and buoys, at the conclusion of each season's survey, which have been publised in the Gazettes.
His Excellency Sir George Grey ordered a compilation of these reports for general information; and now, besides considerable additions to the sailing directions, I have thought fit to communicate the coast expeditions of the Surveyors.
To the general reader these excursions can be of little interest, for the nature of the service they were employed on rendered it imperative that they should keep upon the coast line, receding to the interior only for the purpose of carrying on--where practicable--a trigonometrical survey. Acting up to the spirit of my instructions, I believe that an account of the coast-line of this country, in its infancy, may be useful, as a manual to travellers, as well as a standard in judging of future changes in the physical aspect and progressive improvement of the Colony.
In their reports there was much matter irrelevant to a
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simple scheme of information, but which may form additional and interesting traits of native character hereafter, &c.
The information is, with the exception of the report upon the Pelorus, confined to the Northern Island, as my predecessor, Captain Stokes, had been engaged upon the investigation of the coast of the Middle Island, and other southern portions of the Colony. But as we are on the eve of going there, I may be able to add further suggestions regarding the navigation of those seas.
I am, Sir,
Your Excellency's most obedient Servant,
Commander and Surveyor.