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



This Deed1854 22 June.Mahurangi District conveying land written at Mahurangi this twenty second (22) day of June in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four (1854) is a paper by us the chiefs and freemen of Te Kawerau tribe whose names are hereunto Ahuroa and Kourawhero. affixed written on behalf of ourselves our relations and our descendants after us: We hereby agree to sell a certain portion of our land to the Queen of England to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever. And in consideration of our consent to sell a certain portion of our land Victoria the Queen of England agrees to pay us the Sum Receipt for £900. of One thousand two hundred Pounds (£1200) Nine hundred Pounds (£900) of these Balance, £300. monies we have this day received from Mr. Johnson; Three hundred pounds (£300) more will be paid to us on the First day of January 1855. Twenty pounds of these monies are to be returned by Te Kiri to Mr. Johnson for forty acres a sacred place which is not included in this sale of land.
Boundaries. The boundaries of the Land. Commencing at the termination of the boundary of our land at Puhoi thence directly along the cleared survey line over against Onehunga thence along the ridge to the west side of Onehunga where it leaves the ridge and descends to the hole which has been dug on the hill and thence descending it crosses the river Kaitoto thence to Paekauri thence in an easterly direction and along the ridge till it reaches the base of the conical bill Te Tohetohe-o-rei whence it turns in a southerly direction and runs to the boundary of the first Mahurangi purchase and on to the place where the boundaries commenced. We have given up all our interests in this portion of land which descended to us from our ancestors with its rivers lakes waters cultivations cliffs stones and all thereunto appertaining above or below the surface which we now unreservedly give up to Victoria the Queen of England to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever. In testimony whereof we hereunto affix our names and marks. And in testimony of the consent of the Queen of England page 261to this Deed Mr. Johnson one of the New Zealand Land Commissioners hereunto affixes his name.

J. G. Johnson,

(Sd.) Tuihana x his mark.
and 19 other signatures.


(Sd.) Ngaki.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, March 18th, 1875.