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



This Deed written on this twentieth day of January in the Year of our Lord 1865 is a 1865. 20 January. Coromandel District. full and final sale conveyance and surrender by us the Chiefs and People of the Tribe Ngatiwhaunga whose names are hereunto subscribed. And Witnesseth that on behalf of ourselves our relatives and descendants we have by signing this Deed under the shining sun of this day parted with and for ever transferred unto Victoria Queen of England Whakakapua. Her Heirs the Kings and Queens who may succeed Her and Her and Their Assigns for ever in consideration of the Sum of Thirty Six Pounds ten shillings (£36-10-0.) to us paid by James Preece on behalf of the Queen Victoria (and we hereby acknowledge the receipt of the said monies) all that piece of our Land situated at Ahuahu (Great Mercury Island) and named Whakakapua the boundaries whereof are set forth at the foot of this Deed and a plan of which Land is annexed thereto with its trees, page 414minerals, waters, rivers, lakes, streams, and all appertaining to the said Land or beneath the surface of the said Land and all our right title claim and interest whatsoever thereon. To hold to Queen Victoria Her Heirs and Assigns as a lasting possession absolutely for ever and ever. And in testimony of our consent to all the conditions of this Deed we have hereunto subscribed our names and marks. And in testimony of the consent of the Queen of England on her part to all the conditions of this Deed the name of James Preece Commissioner is hereunto subscribed. These are the Boundaries. [73 acres.] boundaries of the Land commencing at the north on the sea coast at Waiparuparu thence eastward along the boundary of Crown Lands forming the Paeroa block and Paoneone block to the summit of Takanui, thence along the boundary of the Crown Lands forming the Hangarua block to the summit of Whakarewa, thence turning in a southerly direction along the boundary of the Hangarua block to Te Ara Paiaka—turning thence in a westerly direction to Parikorora, thence by the sea coast to Waiparuparu to the point of commencement, the area of the said piece or parcel of land being Seventy Three (73) acres.

(Signed) Matenga Ngaupara.
Rawiri te Ua.
James Preece, D.L.P.C.

Witnesses to the payment and signatures—

James Mackay, Jr., Civil Commr., Hauraki.
Tioriori te Hura.

Receipt for £36. 10. Received this twentieth day of February in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixty five (1865) the Sum of thirty six Pounds ten shillings sterling (£36-10-0.) being the amount of consideration money expressed in the above-written Deed to be paid by James Preece on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen to us.

(Sd.) Matenga Ngaupara.
Rawiri te Ua.


James Mackay, Jr., C.C. Hauraki.
Tioriori te Hura.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, December 10th, 1874.