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



This Deed made or written on this the third day of April in the year of Our Lord One 1857. 3 April.Bay of Islands District. thousand eight hundred and fifty seven (1857) is a Deed by which we the Chiefs being the rightful owners of the soil consent of our own free will to transfer a portion of this our land to Victoria the Queen of England to become her possession for ever for Okokako. the use and benefit of the white people for ever and ever. The principal name by which this piece of land is known is Okokako or Kauaewiri.

These are the Boundaries.

The Boundaries of the land are these it commences at the Waimata on the East by Boundaries. Te Toko from thence into the Rahoeka it follows the stream until it nearly reaches the point known as Kauaewiri from thence it proceeds until it reaches the main river (of Near Te Waimate. page 48Waitangi) near to the old plantation grounds belonging to te Arahi's people. The boundaries of the land are more particularly described as shewn on the plan of the survey made at the time of the sale of the land to the Government.
And inasmuch as we have thus freely given our consent to convey or transfer this land to the Queen of England She has in consideration thereof paid to us the sum of Receipt for £35. Thirty five Pounds (£35) sterling which money has been paid into our hands by Mr. Henry Kemp one of the Government officers for the purchase of land in New Zealand. And in token of our assent and of the receipt of the money we have hereunto affixed our names and marks on this the 3rd day of April 1857.

Wi te Puhi te Tane.
Ko Wi Kahoho.
(Signed by Wi te Puhi.)
Wiremu Hau.
Ko te Koti Tuwharerangi.
Ko Pikimaui.
Raniera Te Keto.

H. T. Kemp,
Dist. Commr.


Parapaerau, Rewa's son, of Kororareka.
Hohaia, of Waimate, Tuwarerangi's son.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 12th August, 1874.