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

Deeds—No. 88. — Block 1, West Side of Lake, Wairarapa District

Deeds—No. 88.
Block 1, West Side of Lake, Wairarapa District.

Thispaper or deed conveying land written on this day on the first 1st of the days of1853. 1 September.Wairarapa District. September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three 1853 Is a deed or paper of the full and true consent of us the Chiefs and people of NgatikahungunuWest Side of Lake,Block 1. whose names are written to this deed on hehalf of Ourselves our relatives and descendants to entirely convey and transfer a portion of our land or country to Victoria the Queen of England or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed Her for ever and over.
And having agreed and consented as above to transfer a portion of our land, Victoria the Queen of England on her part agrees to pay us a sum of Two thousand pounds £2000 in money. One thousand pounds £1000 of the said money has beenReceipt for £1,000, first instalment. paid into our hands by Mr. McLean this day.

Five hundred pounds £000 of the said money is to be paid to us in the days of May in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four 1854.

Five hundred pounds £500 the last instalment for the said land is to be paid to us in the days of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five 1855. It is further agreed to by the Queen of England on her part to pay us at certain periods within certain years to be decided on by the Governor of New Zealand and ourselves, that is, that we are to have a certain additional consideration for the lands we page 268 have sold, to be paid to us for the forming of schools to teach our children, for the construction of flour mills for us, for the construction of Hospitals and for Medical attendance for us, and also for certain annuities to be paid to us for certain of our Chiefs; but it is hereby agreed that we ourselves and certain officers who shall beFive per cent. to be paid. appointed by the Queen or the Governor of New Zealand shall carefully discuss in Committee to which and at what times and in what proportions the said money shall be applied to each of the purposes above specified. The payments to be made annually to our Chiefs are to be decided upon by the Governor of New Zealand only or by an officer appointed by him, who shall have the power of deciding as to which Chiefs shall receive the said annual payments. These payments for all the above purposes are to be as follows, that is, when the surveys are complete and the land is resold which we have transferred to the Queen of England or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed Her: a certain portion of the money to be received by the Queen or Government of New Zealand as payment for the said land is to be deducted for the purposes which have been above specified, the amount of the money which is to be returned to us is 5 per cent or equal to five pounds out of every hundred pounds, after deducting the surveys and other expenses connected with laying off the said lands.
Boundaries. The Boundaries of the land which has now been transferred are these commencing at Turaki[gap — reason: invisiable] on to Orongorongo and goes up the Orongorongo to its source and crosses over to Mangatamahine and goes on to Ngapaiaka and thence to Haututu and descends to Ngapewa right on to te Hakaoterangi and goes in a North Easterly direction till it reaches to Rereamahanga and on te Tokahaumia and descends to Otauira on to te Taukati on to the junction of Otauira with the Hatea of Wairarapa and the fresh water lake of Wairarapa is the boundary right on to Kiriwai and right on to the salt water sea and thence along the sea coast on to Turakirae Now we have assuredly bade farewell to and for ever transferred these portions of our ancestors' lands descended from them to us, that is, we have transferred them under the shining sun of the present day with its lagoons, lakes, rivers, waters, trees, grass, stones and all and everything above the ground and under the ground and all and everything connected with the said land are wholly or altogether transferred by us as a sure and certain land from us to Victoria the Queen of England or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed Her for ever and ever.
Native reserves. The lands reserved by us within the boundaries now sold are—
1st. At Patungaamatangi the boundary on one side is at Ponui and at Mataruawai on the other side going inland as far as Pukaiaia.
2nd. The second is a bush named Wairongourai and that bush only.
3rd. The third is bounded on the South by Oahanga, Motuopaka is the inland boundary and Otauira is the north east boundary.
4th. A place for the Ngatitamao to reside on at Hinakitaka including the residences and cultivations of te Hapu of the Ngatitama residing there.
5th. The right of eel fishing in such places as are or may not be drained by the Europeans.

These are all the places within the lands we have sold that we retain or hold for ourselves. And having consented to all the conditions contained in this paper that has been read and explained to us by Mr. McLean we hereunto sign our names and marks, And the Queen of England on her part having consented to all the conditions contained in this paper Mr. McLean the Land Commissioner for the Governor of New Zealand signs his name.

(Signed) Donald McLean,
Land Commissioner.
(Signed) Ko Maraea Toatoa.
(Signed) Ko Hemi te Miha.
(Signed) Ko Raniera te Iho.
(Signed) Ko Ngairo Takatakaputa.
Here follow additional native signatures.

Witnesses to the payment and signatures—

(Signed) Jos. Kelly, Settler, Wairarapa.
(Signed) John P. Russell, Settler, Wairarapa.
(Signed) Edwin Meredith, Settler, Hawke's Bay.
(Signed) Piri Kawau, Native Clerk.
(Signed) Rihara Paikai, Kai Wakaako.

A True Translation.

Donald McLean,
Land Commissioner.

A True Copy of Certified Translation of Original Deed.

Wellington, January 31st, 1876.

H. Hanson Turton.