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



This Deed written on this fourth day of July in the year of our Lord 1863 is a full1863. 4 July.Whanganui District. and final sale conveyance and surrender by us the chiefs and people of the tribe Ngaraurau whose names are hereunto subscribed and Witnesseth that on. behalf of ourselves our relations and descendants we have by signing this deed parted with and for ever transferred unto Victoria Queen of England her heirs the Kings and Queens whoWaitotara Okehu. may succeed her. and her and their assigns for ever, in consideration of the sum of Two thousand five hundred pounds (£2500) agreed to be paid to us of which sum of two thousand five hundred pounds (£2500) Five hundred pounds (£500) was paid us by Mr. D. McLean on the eleventh day of May 1859 and the balance of Two thousand poundsCash received, 11 May, 1859, £500. has been agreed to be paid to us by Isaac Earl Featherston, Land Purchase Commissioner (on the due execution of the present deed) All that piece of land situated between the Okehu Stream and the Waitotara River, the boundaries whereof are set forth at the foot of this Deed and a plan of which land is planned on the back of this Deed with its rivers trees minerals lakes streams waters and all appertaining to the said land or beneath the surface of the said land and all our right title claim and interest therein to hold to Queen Victoria her heirs and assigns as a lasting possession page 246absolutely and for ever. And in testimony of our consent to all the conditions of this Deed we have hereunto subscribed our names and marks, and some of us have also signed our names on the plan on the back of this Deed and in testimony of the consent of the Queen of England on her part to all the conditions of this Deed the name of Isaac Earl Featherston Land Purchase Commissioner is hereunto subscribed and alsoBoundaries. on the plan. These are the boundaries of the land sold by us. The southern boundary is the sea from the mouth of the Okehu to the mouth of the Waitotara Rivers. The North Western boundary is the Waitotara River from its mouth to the commencement of Porter's line at Karewarewa. The Northern boundary is Porter's line from Karewarewa to the Okehu River and the Eastern boundary is the Okehu River from Porter's line to the sea. Those portions of land colored red on the map on the back of thisNative reserves. Deed are not included in the present sale. The boundaries of the portions of land remaining sacred to us are as follows:—
1. Okehu. [380 acres.] 1st. The first is called Okehu situated on the banks of the river Okehu and estimated to contain (380) three hundred and eighty acres, surveyed by Mr. Stuart assisted by Te Peina. Their survey poles are also erected.
2. Pakaraka. [3,300 acres.] 2nd. Named Pakaraka, Puke Ngaio. The upper boundary of this piece of land is Mr. Porter's line, the lower boundary was surveyed by Mr. Porter assisted by Piripi and others. The side lines were surveyed by Mr. Stuart with Piripi and others. The survey poles on the—side were erected by Piripi and Hare. Those on the South Eastern side were erected by Rihari and Motuarama. This block contains (3300) three thousand three hundred acres. This block was formerly of larger dimensions but has now been reduced by Dr. Featherstone. Mr. Porter and Piripi laid off the line reducing it, viz., the lower boundary line.
3. Nukumaru. [1,223 acres.] 3rd. Named Nukumaru. This block was surveyed by Mr. Stuart assisted by Hare and Himiona their survey poles are standing, the pole in the lake (Waikato) was erected by Hetaraka, the block is estimated to contain (1223) one thousand two hundred and twenty three acres.
4. Maneene. [58 acres.] 4th. Named Maneene. Was surveyed by Mr. Stuart assisted by Piripi and Horopapera their survey poles also are erected. It contains (58) fifty eight acres.
5. Maraetoa. [29 acres.] 5th. Named Maraetoa. Situated on the banks of the Waitotara river, surveyed by Mr. Porter with Pirimona and Hakaraia. They erected the survey poles. This piece is estimated to contain (29) twenty nine acres.
6. Perekama. [925 acres.] 6th. Named Perekama. Situated between the Waitotara and Ohie rivers. Mr. Stewart assisted by Hetaraka and Hare surveyed this block and erected the poles on the Ohie side. Rio, Ihaka, and Hona erected the poles on the Waitotara side. It is estimated to contain (925) nine hundred and twenty five acres.
7. Aurora. [137 acres.] 7th. Named Auroa. The boundaries of this block were surveyed by Mr. Stuart assisted by Kereti and Teritiu, their survey poles are erected on the Southern side. The Waitotara river is the boundary towards the South East. It contains (137) one hundred and thirty seven acres.

I. E. Featherston.
(Te Petitoni.)

Piripi Raikauhata.
Horopapera Te Peka.
Hiatata Moronui.
And 29 others.

Receipt for £2,000, last instalment. We two, the men appointed by all the Council of Waitotara and Wanganui to receive the payment for this land (i.e. Waitotara) do acknowledge the receipt on this fourth of July one thousand eight hundred and sixty three (1863) of the sum of two thousand pounds (£2000) being the balance due to us for this land and the full consideration money expressed in the deed on the other side, to be paid by I. E. Featherston to us on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

Piripi Raikauhata.
Rio Hiaeatarangi.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, December 15th, 1875.