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A Compendium of Official Documents Relative to Native Affairs in the South Island. Volume Two.


[ko te tohutoro i roto i te reo Māori]


This deed, written on this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord 1859, is a full and final sale, conveyance and surrender by us, the chiefs and people of the tribe (Ngahitau) Ngaitahu, whose names are hereunto subscribed; and witnesseth that on behalf of ourselves, our relatives, and descendants, we have by signing this deed under the shining sun of this day parted with and for ever transferred unto Victoria, Queen of England, her heirs, the Kings and Queens who may succeed her, and her and their assigns for ever in consideration of the sum of three hundred pounds (£300), to us paid by James Mackay, junr., on behalf of the Queen Victoria (and we hereby acknowledge the receipt of the said monies). All that piece of our land situated in the Province of Nelson, and named the Kaikoura or East Coast district, the boundaries whereof are set forth at the foot of this Deed, and a plan of which land is annexed thereto, with its trees, minerals, waters, rivers, lakes, streams, and all page 384appertaining to the said land, or beneath the surface of the said land, and all our right title and claim and interest whatsoever therein, to hold to Queen Victoria, her heirs and assigns, as a lasting possession absolutely for ever and ever.

And in testimony of our consent to all the conditions of this deed, we have hereunto subscribed our names and marks. And in testimony of the consent of the Queen of England on her part to all the conditions of this Deed, the name of James Mackay, junr., Acting Native Land Purchase Commissioner, is hereunto subscribed.

These are the boundaries of the land commencing at the Karaka (Cape Campbell), and proceeding by the sea coast in a Westerly direction to Pari nui o whiti (Wairau Bluff); from thence turning inland, it runs in a direct line to Rangitahi (Trandale), at the sources of the River Waiautoo (Clarence); whence, turning in a South-westerly direction, it continues by the mountains to Hokakura (Lake Summer); turning thence in an Easterly direction, the boundary is the River Hurunui to its confluence with the sea; thence turning at the mouth of the Hurunui, in a North-easterly direction, it goes along the sea beach to Karaka (Cape Campbell), where the boundaries join.

[Here follow the signatures.]