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



1854. 18 May.This Deed written on this eighteenth (18) day of May in the year of Our Lord One Omaru, Island of Waiheke. thousand eight hundred and fifty four (1854) is a paper of the full consent of us the Chiefs and freemen of the Ngatipaoa tribe to transfer for ever a certain portion of our land at Waiheke to Victoria the Queen of England to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever.
Boundaries The boundaries of the Land. The boundary commences on the west at Taungamata thence inland to Rakiwhau thence to Wakataupoho thence in an easterly direction to the lower side of Ngatuturu thence along the beach and above Maunganui to the Uruti thence crossing the Rakiwhau stream it ascends the ridge and descends proceeding onwards in a direct line to Opuhi on reaching which it turns seaward for Taungamata.

Now we have for ever given up this portion of our land under the shining sun of this day with its streams timber waters minerals grass with its fertile spots and barren places and all whatsoever above or below the surface appertaining to the said land to Victoria the Queen of England or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for ever.

And in consideration of our consent to all the particulars of this Deed Victoria the Receipt for £100, first instalment Queen of England consents on her part to pay us the sum of Two hundred pounds once told One hundred pounds (£100) of these monies have been received by us on this day from Mr. McLean. One hundred pounds (£100) will be paid to us when the land has been surveyed and the boundaries perambulated.

And in testimony of our consent to all the particulars of this Deed we hereunto sign our names.

(Signed) Hori Kingi Pokai Ruinga.
Na te Hiwini te Rangi.

Witnesses to the payment of these monies and the signing of these names—

(Sd.) H. T. Kemp, J.P.,


John P. Russell, Settler, Wangai Moana, Wairarapa

Alfred A. M. McKellar, Settler, New Plymouth

John Grant Johnson, J.P.,


True Translation.

Donald McLean,
Chief Commissioner

18th March, 1856

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H Hanson Turton

Wellington, September 4th, 1874.