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Maori Deeds of Land Purchases in the North Island of New Zealand: Volume Two



Know1849. 15 May.Rangitikri District. all men who see this Deed of land sale which is this day written, that is to say this fifteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine, that we the Chiefs and people of Ngatiapa of Mangawhero and other places do finallyRangitikei-Turakina. and unreservedly consent on behalf of ourselves our relatives our children and our descendants after us to entirely hand over all these lands of ours the boundaries whereof are here described and are delineated upon the plan of the survey, to Mr.page 213 McLean on behalf of the Governors of these Islands of New Zealand and also on behalf of all the Governors who may after them be appointed by the Queen of England to be a lasting possession for the Governors or the Europeans to whom it may be granted by the Governors.

The Boundaries.

The boundaries of the land which we now give up are these. The river of RangitikeiBoundaries. [1,600 acres.] on one side the sea on the other, on one of the other sides the river of Turakina thence towards the interior to where our inland boundary adjoins. The whole of the land between Turakina and Whangaehu rivers are reserved to be a gathering place for the men of Ngatiapa. The whole of our lands on the northern side of Whangaehu we permanently hand over to Mr. McLean. The commencement of the boundary is at the mouth of the Whangaehu river, thence following the course of that stream to Tapiripiri thence to Oeta thence proceeding to a place over against the boundary set aside for the Whanganui settlement thence along that boundary to Motukaraka thence to the sea.

The final surrendering.

Now we have met in Council have deliberated upon, bidden farewell to, taken final leave of, and altogether given up the whole of the lands within these boundaries (which have just been recited by Mr. McLean who has conducted all the matters attending this meeting of us and the Europeans) together with all rivers and streams, trees and other productions of the said land to be a permanent possession for the Europeans for ever.

Burial Grounds, &c.

Now in consideration of our final surrender of all these lands of ours to Mr. McLeanNative reserves. on behalf of all the Governors of this Island, Mr. McLean by virtue of the authority vested in him on that behalf by the Governor consents to reserve certain places for us the Maoris, viz.—
I.First. Mr. McLean consents to our catching eels in the lakes which exist in localities which have not been (are not) drained by the Europeans, that is to say in those large lakes which we have been accustomed to catch eels in formerly.
II.Second. That little piece of ground containing 12 acres where Te Kawana Hakeke is buried in the sand is reserved for us, but the cattle of the Europeans may run upon it.
III.Third. That piece of ground which was surveyed by Te Paka (Park) Surveyor, to which Mr. McLean and we ourselves consented to, viz., Parewanui, the boundary of that piece is at Upokotopia thence to Mangaroa thence to Te Makari coming out upon the Rangitikei river, this contains about one thousand six hundred acres (1600).
IV.Fourth. The cultivations within the boundaries for the Europeans on the North side of the Rangitikei river, that is to say over against the Pa at Te Awahou will be continued to be cultivated by the Maoris in those localities not settled by Europeans for the space of three years at the expiration of such term all such cultivation must be left for the sole use of the Europeans, the day fixed for leaving these cultivations is the 10th of March one thousand eight hundred and fifty two (1852).
V.Fifth. The Pa and cultivation at Turakina bounded on one side by the stream of Makirikiri and by the survey line of Barker? (Park) on the other side, this contains about 900 nine hundred acres.
VI.Sixth. That piece at Otukapo which was recommended by Te Watarauhia (teacher) to be kept as an eel fishing station containing fifty 50 acres.
VII.Seventh. A small piece of ground at Waratuna close by the karaka (trees) of Aperahama also a small piece close by where Rihiona is to cultivate, these two places are to be occupied during the space of two years after which time they are to be left entirely for the Europeans.

These are all. Here end all the reserved places, there is no other place where we will establish ourselves upon these lands which have now finally gone to the Europeans. The great surveyed roads only through our reserved lands are consented to by us to be laid out at such time as the Governor shall think fit to order it to be done. These are roads for the Europeans as well as the Maoris.

The Payments

The payments for the whole of these lands of ours, the boundaries of which have beenTotal price, £2,500. read aloud by Mr. McLean who has also conducted all the matters relative thereto, are as follows, Two thousand five hundred pounds £2500, one thousand pounds of this sumReceipt for £1,000, first instalment. £1000 has this day that is to say this fifteenth 15th day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty-nine 1849 been paid to us. Five hundred pounds £500 are to be given to us on the fifteenth 15th day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty 1850. Five hundred pounds £500 are to be given to us on the fifteenth 15th day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty one 1851. The last payment of five hundred pounds £500 to be made on the fifteenth 15th day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty two 1852.

That is all. This is the complete conclusion of the payment for our lands. And in testimony of our final consent in the presence of this assembly to all the conditions of this Deed of sale which have just been recited and read aloud to us by Mr. McLean we have subscribed our names and marks.

Also in testimony of the consent of Mr. McLean on behalf of the Governors of page 214 New Zealand to all the conditions of this Deed of sale of land Mr. McLean has also subscribed his name.

Donald McLean.

Nikorima Huri x his mark.
Kawana Hunia te Pakeke x his mark. Awira te Ore x his mark.
And 194 others.

Witnesses to signature—

Alfred Wyatt, Major, 65th Regt.