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



This Deed conveying land, written on this ninth 9 day of September, in the Year of 1855. 9 September.Thames District. our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five 1855; is a paper of the true consent of us, the Chiefs and people of Ngatipaoa, whose names are attached to this document; on behalf of ourselves, our relatives and our descendants who shall be born, after us; Rotopiro. entirely to give up a certain portion of our land to Victoria the Queen of England, or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever. And in consideration of our consent to give up entirely this portion of our land: Victoria the Queen of England agrees to pay us the sum of Twenty Pounds £20 . 0 . 0 once told: which we have this Receipt for £20. day received from Mr. McLean. The Boundary commences at Kaihuru, thence N.E. 43° to the stake driven by te Ruinga on the summit of the cliff; thence running E. 91° to the brow of the hill inland of te Kauri; thence E. 57° to the descent to the Boundaries. swamp near Pukawa; descending still further E. 42° 3( till it reaches the swamp; the swamp forming the boundary thence to the stones; the Omori creek is the boundary thence to the beach and along the coast to te Kauri; and on till the boundaries meet at Kaihuru. In testimony of our consent to all the conditions of this deed, we have hereunto affixed our names and marks. And in testimony of the consent of the Queen of England to all the conditions of this deed, the names of Mr McLean Land Purchase Commissioner of the New Zealand Government, is hereunto affixed.

(Signed) Donald McLean.
Hori Kingi Pokai.
Te Ruinga his mark.

Witnesses to these payments and signatures—

(Signed) Geo. W. Drummond Hay, Surveyor.
" William B. Baker, 1st Clerk Land Purchase Department.

A true translation.

Donald McLean,
Chief Commissioner.

27th March, 1856.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, February 9th, 1875.