31st December, 1855.
We the Chiefs of Ngatiraukawa whose names are written,
to1855. 31 December.Otaki District. this paper, agree to give up for twenty (20) years a piece of land and
the ferry at the mouth of the Otaki river for twenty pounds (£20) to be paid to
us in each and every year up to the expirationOTAKI FERRY. of twenty (20) years.20 years' lease at £20 per annum.
Five (5) acres are to be given up for the first two years; at the end of these
two (2) years we shall extend the boundaries to include altogether ten (10)
The land and the fences shall revert to us at the expiration of this term. The
houses erected to be paid for by us, if we desire to purchase them, so as to
become ours at the end of this term of years agreed upon.
The term commences on the first (1) day of January, One thousand eight
hundredReceipt for £20. and fifty-six (1856) The payment for the (1) first year has been this
day received by us. The future payments to be made to us on the last days of
December in every year.
And having agreed to these conditions on this, the thirty-first (31) day of
December we hereunto sign our names and marks.
(Signed) Tamihana te Rauparaha.
Te Aku Karamu x.
Witness to signatures and payment—
(Sigd.) Elwin B. Dickson, Clerk Ld. Pur. Office.
A True Translation.
Donald McLean, Chief Commissioner.
A True Copy of Original Agreement and Translation.
H. Hanson Turton.
January 21st, 1876.