Mataoperu Block (Barton's Run), Wairarapa District.
This paper or Deed transferring land written this day on the
Twenty-fifth of the days1853. 25 October.Wairarapa District. of October in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and
fifty-three (1853),Mataoperu. (Barton's run.) Is a paper of the full and true consent of us the Chiefs and people of
Ngatikahungunu whose names are attached to this paper on behalf of ourselves,
our relatives, and descendants to entirely give up a portion of our land to
Victoria the Queen of England or to the Kings or Queens who may succeed her for
ever and ever.
And having consented to entirely and for ever give up this portion of our
landReceipt for £1,000. Victoria the Queen of England on her part agrees to pay us a sum of One
Thousand Pounds £1000. Three hundred Pounds £300 of the said money has been paid
into ourReceipt for £300. hands this day by Mr. McLean. Three hundred Pounds £300 of the said
money is to be paid to us in the day of May 1854. Four hundred Pounds £400 of
the said money the last and final payment is to be paid to us in the day of May
The Boundaries of the land commence at Mataoperu and go to te
RaeotutemahutaBoundaries. and go to Ngapotiki and go to the Kawiu and go to the Ahitunumanawa and
on to the Nau, the boundary stops there and goes in the direction of Tehanga and
descends to Hikapu and to te Awatea and on to Ohineua and on to Otahi and on to
te Apiti and on to the Hautata and thence to Opauawe to the sea till it joins
About ten acres to be reserved as a village or resting place for us at
Opauawe.Native reserve. [10 acres, for a village]
Another place as a cultivation for us is also reserved the boundary commences
atReserve for cultivation. Witikaupeka and goes on to the Ranga and on to Ohiranga and goes in a
southerly direction to Herekuri on to Whawanui and inland to Witikaupeka.
These are all the places reserved for us within these boundaries.
Now we have thought over, reflected and for ever transferred, and bade farewell
to this land of our ancestors descended from them to us, with all its rivers,
creeks, lakes, waters, timber, grass, stones, all its good and bad places and
all and everything either under or above the said land, and all and everything
belonging to the said land is transferred by us under the shining sun of the
present day, as a sure and certain land from us to Victoria the Queen of England
or to the Kings and Queens who may succeed her for ever and ever.
And having consented to all the conditions in this paper we hereunto sign our
names and marks.
And the Queen of England on her part having agreed to all the conditions in
this paper Donald McLean the
Governor's Land Commissioner for New Zealand hereunto signs his name.
(Signed) Donald McLean,
Te Hapuku Te Ika nui o te moana x.
Te Wereta Kawakairangi x.
Hoera Wakataha x.
Hemi te Miha.
Maraea te Toatoa.
Here follow additional native
Witnesses to the payment and signatures—
(Signed) Robert Barton, Stockholder, Wairarapa.
(" ) J.D.
Ormond, Settler, Wellington.
(" ) John
P. Russell, Settler, Wangai Moana, Wairarapa.
A True Translation.
For D. McLean. (Signed) H. T. Kemp,
H. T. Kemp.