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

Translation

Translation.

This deed conveying land dated on this 20th of the days of November in the year1856. 20 November.Hawke's Bay. of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty six is a paper of the full and true consent of us the Chiefs and men of Ngatikahungunu whose names are hereunto subscribed for ourselves our relations and all our descendants to be hereafter bornMaraekakaho to entirely give up 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 having consented freely and fully to give up this piece of our landReceipt for £1,000. Victoria the Queen of England on her part agrees that the said land shall be paid for in the sum of One Thousand Pounds in money (£1000) which sum has this day been paid to us by Mr. Cooper.
The boundary of the land begins at the mouth of the Maraekakaho and runs in theBoundaries. stream following the boundary of the land sold last year to Makaramu te Aroha te Waikoukou where it runs on shore still following the old boundary to Kekakeka te Paua Rakauwharoa Parikarangaranga. Then it falls into the Mangaonuku and runs down stream to the Waiohora whence it follows the boundary of the block first sold to the Ahitara at te Houkura and still along the same boundary as far as the Ruakaka breaking off there and running to the Ahipakura thence to the Pou-a-wakaarahia thence to te Waitangitangi thence to te Waka thence to te Kaitaha thence to te Waikoreke thence to Tiritirimatangi whence it falls into Ongaru (swamp) and runs down the stream page 514till it reaches Pokotaringa whence it runs down to the Umu o Makai thence it falls into the Ngaruroro and closes up at the month of the Maraekakaho:

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

And in witness of our assent to all the conditions of this deed we have hereto subscribed our names and marks.

And in witness of the assent of the Queen of England on her part to all the conditions of this Deed it hath been subscribed by Mr. Cooper one of the Land Commissioners for the Governor of New Zealand.

G. S. Cooper,
Dist. Commr.

Te Hapuku Ika o te Moana x,
and 17 other signatures.

Witnesses to the payment and signatures—

Edward F. Harris, Napier, Clerk and Interpreter.
Te Waka Rewharewha, Te Aute, Aboriginal Native.

A True Transcript of Office Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, February 18th, 1876.