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1854. 28 December.Wairarapa District.This Paper or deed transferring land, written on this day
on the twenty eighth (28) of the days of December in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and fifty four (1854) is a paper of the full and true
consent of us the chiefs and people of Ngatikahungunu whose names are hereunto
subscribed, on behalf of ourselves, our relatives and Hikawera and Taratahi. descendants to entirely abandon and transfer a piece of our land of
which the principal names are Hikawera and Taratahi to Victoria the Queen of
England and to the Kings or Queens who may succeed Her for ever.
|Received cash—30 Nov., 1854||200
|Balance due—Jan., 1856||650
And in consideration of our having agreed entirely to give up this
piece of our land, Victoria the Queen of England on her part agrees that we
shall be paid the sum of One thousand four hundred and fifty pounds (£1450) in
money; two hundred pounds (£200) of which amount were received by Wiremu Kingi
Tutepakihirangi and Hiko te Tati in Wellington on the thirteenth day of
November 1854; Six hundred pounds (£600) of the said amount have been paid
into our hands on this day by Mr. McLean; and six hundred and fifty pounds
(£650) are to be paid to us in the days of January in the year 1856, which is
to be the final payment to us on account of this land.
Boundaries. The boundary commences at te Ahere, at the boundary of the land sold
in the first instance to the Queen and runs down the river Waiohine to the
Ruamahanga, thence up the Ruamahanga river to Taipu, where it runs inland to
Parinuiokuaka and on to Taumataotao, thence to te Rewa, thence to Whakarei,
whence it runs on and falls into the Waingawa, and runs up that stream to te
Hanga o Hiangatangata, whence it runs down the boundary sold to the Queen in
the first instance till it reaches the Ahere, where the boundaries meet in the
Native reserve. [100 acres.] There is but one piece reserved within these boundaries between te
Para and Waitangi as a site for houses for our eel-fishing expeditions: this
piece is not to exceed one hundred acres. This is the only spot retained by
us—there is to be no other place whatever kept back by us of the whole of this
Now we have fully thought over, considered, and bid farewell to, and finally
and entirely given up this piece of land inherited from our ancestors, with
all its rivers, streams, lakes, waters, trees, grass, stones, hilly places and
plains, good places and bad, with everything either above or below the soil,
and everything connected with the said land, which we have fully and finally
surrendered under the shining sun of the present day, as a sure and lasting
possession to Victoria the Queen of England, and to the Kings or Queens Her
Successors, for ever.
And in witness of our consent to all the conditions of this deed, we have
hereunto subscribed our names and marks.
And in witness of the consent of the Queen of England, on her part, to all
the conditions of this deed, Mr. McLean the Land Commissioner of the
Government of New Zealand, hath hereunto subscribed his name.
Te Rangirurupuni x.
Mohi te Matorohanga x.
Raniera te Ngahu
Te Waka Tahuahi x.
Te Kepa Pohuera x.
Pirika Po x.
Tamati te Rou x.
Te Whaitere Takarawaho x.
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Hori Kara Taha.
Hori te Hunga.
Manihera te Rangitakaiwaho.
Wiremu Kingi Tutepakihirangi.
Te Rei te Kahui x.
Eraita te Heru
Miriama Piripi x.
Hemi Matiaha. (8 yrs. of age) x
Rangirurupuni. 9 years x
Matene Te Manga x.
Witnesses to the payment and signatures—
G. S. Cooper, District Commissioner.
Archibald Gillies, Settler,