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

[Declaration of James Wathen Preece]

[Declaration of James Wathen Preece]

I, James Wathen Preece, of Auckland, in the Province of Auckland, in the Colony of Declaration of James Wathen Preece. New Zealand, a duly licensed Native Interpreter, do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare—
  • 1. That, I was, present with Alfred Preece, of Coromandel, in the said province and colony, settler, and did see Maraea Takitu, in the within Deed mentioned and described, duly sign and execute the same in my presence and in the presence of the said Alfred Preece, who is a male adult.
  • 2. That the signature "Maraea Takitu" to the said Deed subscribed is of the proper handwriting of the said Maraea Takitu.
  • 3. That the signatures J. W Preece and Alfred Preece subscribed to the said Deed, are of the proper handwriting of the said Alfred Preece and of me this declarant.
  • 4. That immediately before the execution of the said Deed by the said Maraea Takitu, I did faithfully interpret the same to her into the Maori language, and that my translation was correct, and was understood by her. And I make this solemu declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of "The Native Lands Act, 1865," "The Native Lands Act, 1867," "The Native Lands Act Amendment Act, 1868," "The Native Lands Act, 1869," "The Native Lands Act Amendment Act, 1870," and "The Justices of the Peace Act, 1866."

J. W. Preece.

Made and declared at Shortland, in the said province and colony, the twenty-fifth day of February, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three.

E. W. Puckey,

One of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the Colony of New Zealand. Particulars entered in Register Book, Vol. 3, Fol 206, the 27th day of July, 1874,Registration. at 3 p.m.

Geo. B. Davy, D.L.R.


A True Transcript of Certified Copy of Original Deed, Declaration, and Endorsement.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, November 17th, 1875.