“It appears that, as usual, these settlers have been deluded by having had their expectations raised to an unreasonable pitch. They appear very well pleased with the country, but evidently had been lead to expect comfortable dwelling houses and every other accommodation prepared for them”.
Charles Obins Torlesse ~ 5th January 1851
*Surveyor for The Canterbury Association*
*Nephew of Edward Gibbon Wakefield, the founder of The New Zealand Company & co-founder of The Canterbury Association*
*Built the first house in Rangiora*