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



This Deed, written at Mahurangi this twenty second 22nd day of June, in the Year of 1854 22 June. Mahurangi District Wainui. our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four, 1854; is a paper by us, the Chiefs and Freemen of the Kawerau, whose names are hereunto subscribed, on behalf of ourselves our relations and descendants we now consent to sell and fully give up a certain portion of our land to the Queen of England, or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever and ever.
And, in consideration of our consent to sell a portion of our land, Victoria the Price £800. Queen of England agrees to pay us the sum of eight hundred pounds £800 . 0 . 0 . Six hundred pounds of these monies £600 . 0 . 0. we have this day received from Mr. Johnson, Receipt for £600. and two hundred pounds £200 . 0 . 0. will be paid to us on the first (1st) day of January one thousand eight hundred and fifty five 1855.
These are the boundaries. Commencing at the white mark on the bank of the river Boundaries. at Orewa, thence along the ridge between Pukekohe and Ahitoetoe in the direction by compass S. 68° W; thence northwards to the back of Paramene's sawpits and down to the branch of the Wainui, and across the fern S. 68° W to the summit of the ridge of Paekaure and descends thence to the Waitoki stream; the Waitoki stream; the boundary continues along the stream to the end of the line from Waiwerawera N. 20° W; thence in an easterly direction along the survey line N 70° E to the Kauri tree which was marked at Waiwerawera and joins te Waru's line; along which it proceeds till it joins the place where the boundary commenced.

All our interest in this land has ceased; wherefore we forsake and fully give up this portion of our land, which descended to us from our ancestors, with its rivers, lakes, water, cultivations, stones, cliffs, all above and all below this land which we have fully given up to Victoria the Queen of England, or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever and ever.

In testimony whereof we hereunto affix our names and marks. Likewise, in testimony of the consent of the Queen of England to the particulars of this Deed, Mr. Johnson, a Commissioner for the purchase of land for the Government of New Zealand, has affixed his name.

(Signed) John Grant Johnson,

(Signed) Arama Karaka.
Manuatohoro x his mark.
Poihipi Ngongi x his mark.
Te Rewiti Te Ru x his mark.
Rapana Te Rehere.
Tangirau x his mark.
Te Nito x his mark.
Henare Harataua.
Nga Kauri x his mark.
Hererara Tauhia.
Te More x his mark.
Hori Kingi Maukino x his mark.
Ana Tami her x mark.
Herewini x his mark.
Nga Kawena x his mark.
Onoi x.
Paratene te Peta x his mark.
Meriana te Anini x her mark.
Kaupapa x his mark.
Ko Niri x his mark.
Ko Pene x his mark.
Te Rino titia x his mark.


(Signed) Hone Waiti.

" Ngaki.

A true translation.

Donald McLean,
Chief Commissioner.

25th March, 1856.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, September 18th, 1874.