Historical Records of New Zealand
The grant was made out and executed, and the land publickly set apart for the Europeans, on Friday, the 24th of February, 1815, in the presence of a number of chiefs from different districts, who were assembled at Ranghee Hoo, to take their leaye of the Active.
The signature of the grant, or deed, contains all the lines which are tatooed on the chief’s face, according to their singular and curious mode of making thereon drawings and figures.
It is the following terms: “Know all men to whom these presents shall come that I, Ahoodee O Gunna, King of Ranghee Hoo, in the Island of New Zealand, have, in consideration of twelve axes to me in hand now paid and delivered by the Rev. Samuel Marsden, of Parramatta, in the territory of New South Wales, given, granted, bargained, and sold; and by this present instrument do give, grant, bargain, and sell unto the Committee of the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East, instituted in London, in the Kingdom of Great Britain, and to-their heirs and successors, all that piece and parcel of land situate in the District of Hoshee, in the Island of New Zealand, bounded on the south side by the Bay of Tippoona and the Town of Rang-hee Hoo, on the north side by a creek of fresh water, and on the west by a public road into the interior; together with all the rights, members, privileges, and appurtenances thereunto belonging; to have and to hold, to the aforesaid Committee of the Church Missionary Society for Africa and the East, instituted in London, in the Kingdom of Great Britain, their heirs, successors, and assigns, for ever, clear and freed from all taxes, charges, impositions, and contributions whatsoever, as and for their own absolute and proper estate for ever: In testimony whereof, I have to these presents thus done and given, set my hand, at Hoshee, in the Island of New Zealand, this twenty-fourth day of February, in the year of Christ one thousand eight hundred and, fifteen.“