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



1856. 22 December.Bay of Islands District.This Deed being a Sale of Land drawn out on this 22nd day of December in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty six (1856) is a deed by which we the Chiefs being the rightful owners of the soil fully and freely consent to sell or convey a Taraire No. 1. portion of our land to the Queen of England to become the property of herself and the Europeans for ever and ever. The Name by which this Block of Land is known is the Taraire.

The boundaries of the Land are these.

Boundaries. The boundaries are these. They commence on the eastern side of a stream called or known as Katiaka on the side adjoining Mr. King's boundary line taking a turn at the stream known as Waipuakakaho it then crosses over the open fern ground until it page 47joins the Taraire river it then follows the course of the Taraire river in a northerly direction it follows up the stream called. Whakapirau until it reaches the mark of the boundary of Spickman's land thence in a westerly direction towards Tupare it follows the ridge until it joins te Uhuhere it descends to the stream or water known as te Poti from thence in a southwesterly direction to the stream known as Pongaheka it follows the ridge of the Tawapuku until it reaches, the main river of Kaeo thence in a southeasterly direction following the course of the river Kaeo until it joins or unites again at the starting or commencing point called Katiaka.

The Burial grounds or places.

These two Burial places that is to say the spots themselves only where persons have Burial grounds. been interred are excluded from this sale (of) land their names are Orotere and Tauaki.


The portion of Land belonging to Toro te Tana is excepted from this purchase of Reserve. [270 acres.] land. It begins at the stream called Okaihau the ridge being the boundary above and the Kaeo river the boundary below until it meets at the Waipuakakaho stream comprising in the whole 270 acres.
And inasmuch as we have given our full and free consent to convey and sell this piece of land to the Queen of England she has in consideration thereof as payment given us the Sum of Three hundred pounds sterling (£300) which Sum we have received at the Receipt for £300. hands of Mr. Henry Kemp one of the Commissioners of the Government of New Zealand appointed for the purchase of Land and as a token of our assent to this sale and of the receipt of the money we have hereunto signed our names and marks on this the 22nd day of December 1856.

Here follow the Signatures.

True Translation.

H. T. Kemp.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 17th August, 1874.