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


1855 2 August.Bay Of Islands District.This Deed of sale or conveyance of land, made on this, the second day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty five, (1855), is a Deed, by Pukehuia. which we freely and truly consent, that is to say, We, the Chiefs and members of the Tribe called "Te Urikapana," being the rightful owners of the land, to convey and sell entirely, a portion of our land to Victoria the Queen of England for ever and ever, for herself, and for the use of her people for ever and ever; The principal names of this piece of land are "Pukehuia" and "Te Waitapu," and is situated on the shores of the Bay of Islands;

The Boundaries of the land.

Boundaries. The Boundary on the East commences at "Te Awahapa," from thence towards "Waimangaro," from thence in an inland direction to "Pukerewarewa," (marks being visible on the Ridge) from thence in a northerly direction to "Mangakerikeri," from thence to "Puketarahanga," from thence to "Pukehuia," here it turns, from thence to "Taumataokorora" form thence to "Piruru," from thence to "Ngarua," from thence until it descends and reaches "Kaipatiki," this being the boundary on the northern side; here it finishes.
Lands formerly sold to Europeans excluded. Any lands which were sold to Europeans formerly, or prior to this sale, are hereby excluded from this present purchase.

Now, in consideration of our having conveyed this portion of land to the Queen of England, that is to say to the Government for the use of her people, the sum of One hundred pounds in money (£100) has been paid into our hands by H. T. Kemp an officer appointed by the Government for the purchase of land in New Zealand.

Now therefore, We have freely consented to transfer entirely this piece of land to the Queen of England and to Her Successors for ever and ever; In token of our having made over this land, and as an acknowledgment for the money which we have received for the same we have hereunto affixed our names and marks to this Deed of Sale.

Receipt for £100. We hereby acknowledge to have received from H. T. Kemp on this day the sum of one hundred pounds sterling.

(Signed)The mark x of Haki.
The mark x Hare Kuri.
The mark for x Te Tao, signed. by his child Henare Titaha.
Henare Titaha.
Hori Pou.
Henare Tiri.
Wi Te Hau.

H. T. Kemp,
District Commissioner, Bay of Islands.

In presence of—

(Signed) Pene Taui, Native Chief of Ohaeawai.
William Davis, Merchant, Waimate.
Honetana, of Waimate.

A true Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.