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


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1856. 2 February.Whaingaroa District.This Document conveying Land written on this second (2) day of February in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six 1856 is a paper of the full and unreserved assent of us the Chiefs and people of Aotea and Whangaroa whose Ruapuke. names are hereunto attached on behalf of ourselves our relatives and descendants who shall be born after us to transfer for ever a certain portion of our land to Victoria the Queen of England and to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever.
And in consideration of our full consent to sell this piece of our Land Victoria the
Receipt for£290
Paid to Hemi Matini£10
Queen of England agrees on her part to pay the sum of Two Hundred and ninety pounds (£290) once told which monies have this day been paid into our hands by John Rogan. Ten Pounds once told (£10) were received by Hemi Matini on the fourteenth day of April 1854 from Mr. McLean. The total amount of these monies is Three Hundred pounds (£300) once told.
Boundaries. The boundary of the land commences at Papakaraka thence in a Southerly direction along the sea coast to Toreparu thence to Kakahoroa thence in an Easterly direction and in the course of the Toreparu stream to Mr. Ligar's survey pole at the Umuponga thence in a Northerly direction along the line of the land purchased by Mr. Ligar to te Koruiti thence in a westerly direction to Papakaraka where the boundaries meet.
Two places reserved:1. Toroanui, for Kewene te Paia. There are two portions which we have reserved for ourselves—the first Toroanui— the second Horokawau. The boundary of Toroanui commences at te Karamu thence to Mauku thence to Maniaroa thence to te Waipuna thence to te Karamu the boundaries meet here—this has been surveyed by Mr. Rogan for Kewene Paia.
2. Horokawau, for Hone te Apa. The boundary of Horokawau commences at Wharekahika thence to te Anatu thence crossing the Horokawau stream to te Kohatunui thence to Rarauheroa thence to the stake which has been driven thence to Wharekahika where the boundaries meet. This is for Hone te Apa.

These are the only portions of this block which we reserve for ourselves in this block which we have now for ever given up to Victoria the Queen of England under the shining sun of this day with its streams rivers waters timber minerals and all above or below the surface of the land which we have now given up for ever.

The total amount of payment for this land is the Two Hundred and ninety pounds (£290) and the Ten pounds (£10) which Hemi received.

And in testimony of our full consent to all the conditions of their Deed we hereunto affix our names and marks.

And in testimony of the consent of the Queen of England to all the conditions of this Deed the name of John Rogan a Commissioner for the purchase of land in the district lying between Waikato and Mokau is affixed.

(Signed) John Rogan.
Wiremu Nero Awaitaia, and 83 other signatures.

Witnesses to the payment and signatures—

(Signed) James Wallis, Wesleyan Missionary, Whangaroa.
Robert Gilmour, Storekeeper, Whangaroa.

True Translation.

Donald McLean,
Chief Commissioner.

Mar. 19, 1856.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, September 17th, 1874.