[Declaration of James Wathen Preece]
|1st||That I was present together with Oliver Mason Creagh of Shortland in the Province and Colony aforesaid Licensed Surveyor a male adult and did see Kerei te Tuhi, Te Toroire, Hare Renata, Tauhinu, Tautoru Tawa, and Te Pukeroa all mentioned and described in the within written deed duly sign and execute the same.|
|2nd||That the signatures Kerei te Tuhi, Te Toroire, Hare Renata, Tauhinu, Tautoru Tawa and Te Pukeroa set and subscribed to the within written deed are of the proper handwriting of the said Kerei te Tuhi, Te Toroire, Hare Renata, Tauhinu, Tautoru Tawa, and Te Pukeroa respectively.|
|3rd||That the signatures J. W. Preece, Oliver M. Creagh set and subscribed to the said within written deed thereto and hereto as the witnesses attesting the due execution page 483thereof respectively are of the respective proper handwriting of the said Oliver Mason Creagh and me this declarent respectively.|
|4th||That immediately before the execution of the said deed by the said parties as aforesaid I did interpret the same to them into the Maori language and explained to them in the Maori language and that my translation and explanation thereof was correct and understood by the said parties so signing and executing as aforesaid.|
And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the above mentioned Acts of the General Assembly of New Zealand and of a certain other Act of the General Assembly of New Zealand intituled "The Justices of the Peace Act 1866."
Made and declared at Shortland in the Province aforesaid this sixth day of September One thousand eight hundred and seventy two.
Henry Goldsmith,A Justice of the Peace for the Colony of New Zealand.