The following is an extract from Fox's report “giving a cursory account of proceedings of the agriculturalists” in the Motueka district.
"Leaving the available part of the Moutere district to the left and keeping along a range of fern hills for about eight miles westward, again descending and crossing the Moutere River about a mile from the mouth, we enter the Motueka district where the first settlers encountered are Messrs Morse, Murray and Rogers who are cultivating in partnership.They arrived in the Colony by the "Mary" in August last (1842), and lost no time in proceeding to their land, where they commenced operations with great spirit. They probably have about twelve acres in crop this season and have already built a good house, large enough to accommodate all the party. 
Home built at Moutere Section 201 by pioneering farmers N.G. Morse, G. Murray and W. Rogers.
Drawing by Sarah Greenwood (1851)
Near to Dr Greenwood is Mr Fearon, an active settler. He has cleared an acre of bush land, and cropped it and a little adjoining fern and flax land. Further west are Messrs Moore and Heaphy who have cropped two or three acres of bush land. Captain Thoms has erected a saw-mill, worked by a water wheel of twenty horse power, which is now in operation and likely to work at a profit.  Some orders have been received from Hobart Town, where good timber is scarce, and probably some of the Australian colonists will prove customers. There is also a considerable demand for sawn timber in this settlement.
Greenwood family farm in Motueka , with homestead to the right.
Watercolour by Sarah Greenwood (1852)
Drawing by Sarah Greenwood (1851)
1) William Fox's report to Colonel William Wakefield, dated 1 December 1843, can be found in full in the New Zealand Company correspondence (1841-1850), New Zealand Company Papers (1840-50)The Nelson Provincial Museum, qMS NEW (Bett Collection)
3) Captain Thomas Thoms (appointed Motueka's first Magistrate), had some issues with his land, which he'd bought from from his neighbour, Captain Frederick Moore of "Poenamu Farm". Moore was Motueka's earliest settler, taking up his land in May 1842, however he didn't have official title to his property but held it through a personal arrangement made with its Maori owners. Moore's common-law wife Paru was connected to Motueka Maori who were less than impressed with Thoms digging a pit on what they regarded as their land and Captain Wakefield had to come to Motueka to negotiate a deal with local Maori giving Thoms legal rights to his section.
Thoms fell ill not long after arriving in the area and passed the management of the mill to Dr Greenwood and his friend Captain Fearon. They hired a young American carpenter to help them out. Leonard Stilwell came from a sawmilling family well established in the village of Brooklyn, New York. He crewed for a time with the American whaler "Flora" but jumped ship in Sydney and made his way to New Zealand. Operations at the mill ceased after Thoms' death in 1845 but Stilwell continued to work for Dr Greenwood, who granted him the use of a ten-acre block of land in Riwaka . He named it "Brooklyn" for his hometown, and this name still attaches to the area. Stilwell's son Richard purchased the farm from Dr Greenwood after his father's death.
4) An "improver" was a settler with sufficient funds to "improve" his land by clearing it, setting up an operational farm and hopefully providing employment for others.
Iluustrations by Sarah Greenwood (1809 -1899)
"Grove farm in the Moutere district". (1851)
Pencil drawing. Nelson Provincial Museum, Bett Loan Collection: AC324
"Dr Greenwood's house (on right), Motueka". (1852)
Watercolour. Nelson Provincial Museum, Bett LoanCollectiom: AC333
"A sketch in the Riwaka Valley". (1851)
Pencil drawing. Nelson Provincial Museum, Bett Loan Collection: AC328