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



This deed conveying land dated this twenty second (22) of the days of March in the1856. 22 March.Hawke's Bay. Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six (1856) is a paper of the full and true consent of us the Chiefs and people of Ngatitewhatuiapiti whose names are hereto subscribed for ourselves our relatives and descendants hereafter to be born to fullyRuataniwha South. and finally transfer a piece of our land to Victoria the Queen of England and to all the Kings and Queens her successors for ever.
And for our consenting entirely to surrender this piece of our land Victoria the
Receipt for£1,000
Paid to Hapuku100
Queen of England on her part agrees to pay us the sum of one thousand two hundred pounds £1200 in money. One thousand pounds £1000 we have this day received from Mr. Cooper. One hundred pounds £100 was paid by Mr. McLean to te Hapuku in Auckland, and the remaining one hundred pounds is to be paid to us in the course of the forthcoming year.
The boundary begins at the mouth of the Rakautihia and runs in a northerlyBoundaries. direction to Taumata o te Makohu, Turangapata, Taopo, Pukeiahu, te Kahakoreke, Tukipo, te Waiahora, Taumata o Wakaori, Taumata o te Heuenga, falls into Tukituki, runs down the stream as far as the old boundary, runs along that boundary to te Ware o Hineitaia, runs into Makaretu, and closes at Bakautihia. That is the end.

Now we have fully considered, wept over, and finally bid adieu to this land inherited by us from our ancestors, with its streams, waters, lakes, forests, hills, plains, good places, and bad, grass, trees, stones, and everything either above or below the soil, and everything connected with the said land have we finally given up, under the shining sun of the present day, as a fixed possession to Victoria the Queen of England and to all the Kings and Queens her successors for ever.

And in witness of our consent entirely to surrender this piece of land, we have hereto subscribed our names and marks.

And in witness of the consent of Victoria the Queen of England, on her part, to all the conditions of this deed, it has been subscribed by Mr. Cooper, a Land Commissioner of the Governor.

G. S. Cooper,
District Native Land Commr.
Te Hapuku Ika o te Moana x,
and other signatures.

Witnesses to payment and signatures—

J. B. Williams, Clerk to Crn. Lds. Commr., Napier.
Henry Groom, Police Constable, Napier.

True Translation.

G. S. Cooper, D.C.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, February 18th, 1876.