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



This land selling1857. 13 July.Hawke's Bay. document written on this day on the thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven (1857) is a full and trueRuahine Bush. agreement on the part of us the Chiefs and people of Ngatitewhatuiapiti for ourselves our relatives and all our descendants to be born thereafter to fully and 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.
Receipt for £3,000. And for our agreeing to give up this piece of our land Victoria the Queen of England also agrees on her part to pay for the said piece of land the sum of three thousand pounds (£3000) which amount has been this day paid to us by Mr. McLean.
Boundaries. The boundary of this land begins at Waipaua and follows the boundary of the land already sold to Tukituki crossing the river it follows the boundary of that sale as far as Makaretu when it runs up the stream as far as Ruahine and thence along the summit of the Ruahine to the source of the Waipaua and down stream till it reaches the starting point on the old boundary that is at Taumata-o-Puatea.

Now we have fully considered wept over bid adieu to and fully and finally transferred this land inherited by us from our ancestors with its rivers streams lakes waters hills plains woods grass trees mountains stones good places and bad and everything above or below the soil and everything appertaining to the said land we have finally transferred in the face of day as a lasting possession to Victoria the Queen of England and to all the Kings and Queens her successors for ever. In witness to our assent to all the conditions of this deed we have hereunto affixed 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 has been signed by Mr. McLean the Land Commissioner for the Governor of New Zealand.

(Sd.) Donald Mclean,

Te Hapuku Ika o te Moana x.
Paraone Kahikahi x.
Hinepaketia x her mark, and 125 others.

Witnesses to the payments and signatures—

Willm. Marshall, Schoolmaster.
Edwd. Boddington, Clerk.
Daniel Munn, Junr., Stockman.
James Fulloon, Clerk, Auckland.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, February 19th, 1876.