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



Now Know all people This Deed written on this the seventeenth (17) day of September 1856. 17 September.Mangonui District. in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six (1856) is a Deed under which the final and complete settlement of the valley of Oruru is made. Oruru Valley.
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Now Be it known unto all people This valley known as Oruru is from this time forward finally and fully conveyed and given up by us the owners or claimants belonging to the tribe called. Te Rarawa and by the claimants or owners belonging to tribe known as Ngapuhi that is to say by us all to the Queen of England that is to say to the Government as a perpetual possession for the White people for ever and ever.


Boundaries. The boundaries of this the land at Oruru are these that is to say the boundaries more particularly described in the Deed of Sale originally made by the Natives to Dr. Ford (S. H. Ford). It commences at the entrance of the Oruru River or Heads and proceeds inland or up the valley to the furthest boundary at the crossing place on the stream "Te Urunga." The Boundaries with the names thereof are those which are particularly named in the Deed of Sale to Dr. Ford which Deed has been transferred by him and is now in the possession and become the property of the Government.

The true intent and meaning of this Deed is this viz it signifies or points out that the last and complete payment for the valley of Oruru has been made and that the money in satisfaction for all claims has been paid into our hands by the Government for ever and ever.

In testimony of the assent given by this assemblage of people or claimants we have hereunto signed our names and marks to this Deed in the presence of Messrs. White and Kemp the officers appointed by the Governor of New Zealand to acquire lands for the Government.

Receipt for £350.Final settlement. We have received from the hands of Messrs. White and Kemp this day the sum of Three hundred and fifty pounds (£350) being the final and complete payment for this land Oruru.

Na te Puhipa te rewarewa,
And 36 other signatures.


Thomas Flavell, Settler, Mangonui
Thomas Phillips, Settler, Awanui.
Jacob Fox, Settler, Mangonui.

W. B. White,
Resdt. Magistrate.

H. T. Kemp,
Dist. Commissioner.

A true translation.
This is a True Copy of the Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.