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



This1868. 18 DecemberPoverty Bay District. is an Agreement between the loyal chiefs and men of the two tribes Hangamahaki and Rongowhakaata and the hapu of Ngaitahupo of the one part and Sir G. F. Bowen Governor of New Zealand of the other part. The said chiefs and men have considered the rebellion of some men of those tribes and the murders and burnings committed Poverty Bay. and done by those men, They have also considered the danger these cause to themselves and the Europeans who are peacefully living on the land in their district. And they wish that the men should be more numerous and that men should be brought in to take care of the land. And they have by this paper given and altogether yielded up to page 699the said Sir G. F. Bowen Governor of New Zealand all the lands of themselves the two tribes of Hangamahaki and Rongowhakaata and the hapu of Ngaitahupo lying within the following boundaries.—The boundaries begin at Paritu on the sea coast and run in Boundaries. a straight line thence to the Reinga, thence along the River Ruakituri to its source in the high mountains which divide the waters running towards Opotiki from the waters running towards Turanga, thence along the summits of those mountains, that is to say by Maungapohatu and Maungahaumi as far as Tatamoe, thence running in the direction of the sea by Pukahikatoa by Arakihi by Wakaroa by Rakuraku straight to the sea at Turanganui, thence along the sea coast to the beginning of the boundaries at Paritu. And the said Sir G. F. Bowen Governor of New Zealand assents on behalf of the Queen to this cession of the said lands. And that the said chiefs and all the men of these tribes who have adhered to the Queen and who have sent in their claims to land within three months of the date of this writing shall have their claims adjudicated by a commission of Judges of the Native Lands Court of New Zealand and in case they are found correct the Governor will issue Crown Grants of the pieces found by the the Commission to be correct. But the Governor shall have authority before the adjudication by the Commission to settle Europeans or Maoris as guardians of the peace upon some blocks of the land hereby ceded, and to reserve such blocks and out of them to give each settler whether European or Maori a piece of land for himself, and if the Commission shall decide that any pieces of the blocks so reserved belong to loyal Natives pieces of land of the Hauhau of equal value shall be awarded in place of the land so taken. And they the loyal chiefs and men of those two tribes request on behalf of the Europeans to whom before the date of this agreement they have promised to give or sell pieces of land that the Governor will finish such gifts and sales if the Commission finds them to be correct. And the said Sir G. F. Bowen consents to this request. In witness of the assent of the aforesaid parties their names have been subscribed hereto the eighteenth day of December 1868.

(Sd.) Henare Ruru.
And 278 other signatures.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, March 9th, 1875