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

No. 7. — [Translation.]

No. 7.

This is a deed conveying land, written at Akaroa, on the tenth of the days of the month of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six. This the consent of the Aboriginal inhabitants of Akaroa, of Pigeon Bay, of Port Levy, of Port Copper, of Kaiapoi, of Wairewa, of the Island extending to the South, extending to the North, entirely to surrender the pieces of land now disputed at Akaroa to the Queen Victoria to her heirs for ever and ever, in consideration of the sum of One hundred and fifty pounds in money received on this day.

These only are the places reserved for us for the Native people; the four hundred acres (400 acres) at Onuku, four hundred acres at the head land on this side of Wainui; the four hundred acres (400 acres) at Wairewa.

With us will be the consideration for any person coming to claim the land, or to demand money, because we have entirely received the moneys for the full and final surrender of the lands at Akaroa. Wherefore we consent on this day, and sign our names to this document.

(Signed) Wiremu Karaweko x., and 34 others.

The boundaries of the piece for the Natives at Wairewa, to commence at the ridge called Waipawa; thence to Oweka; thence to the hill Karawera; and afterwards to Hukahuka te roa.

An agreement relative to the roads and sea side paths, We, Wiremu Karaweko, of Onuku, Hoani Papeti, of Wainui, and Mautai, of Wairewa, agree that the Qneen's roads be (dug) formed upon our lands; and we also agree that the roads by the sea side should always remain open.

Hoani Akaroa.
Mautai x.
Wiremu Karaweko x.

Witness to the signatures, December 10th, 1856—
(Signed) J. W. Hamilton.
(Signed) Robert Grenvel.
(Signed) John Aldred.
(Signed) C. Davie.