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



This paper or deed transferring land written on this day on the fourth of the days of1854. 4 DecemberWairarapa District.Maramamau. December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty four (1854) 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 fully give up this portion of our land, Victoria the Queen of England on her part agrees to pay us a sum of Seven hundred pounds £700 Five hundred pounds £500 of the said money have been paid intoReceipt for £300 our hands this day by Mr. McLean, and the balance, amounting to Two hundred pounds £200 is to be paid to us by Mr. McLean in the days of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty five 1855.
The boundaries of the land commence at Te Tutu, thence to Arawaire, on to Otohu,Boundaries. thence to the Whare-o-Rakai, thence to Ruamahanga, and runs in the Ruamahanga river to Te Rakau o Tamaru, thence it goes on shore to the Race course and runs inland to Ngakuau, thence to Hatuapopoti, thence to Ahine te Mihi thence to Taumata-kai-namu, thence to te Wharehanga, thence it takes a westerly direction to Taumata-patiti, thence to Te Rae whakaari, thence to Taumata-o-Hikapi, thence to Otukura to the boundary which has been sold to the Queen, whence it follows the said boundary in an easterly direction to Te Tawaha, and on to Te Tutu where the boundary closes.

Now we have thought over, reflected, bade farewell to and for ever transferred this land of our ancestors descended from them to us, with all its rivers, creeks, lakes, waters, timber, grass, stones, all its hilly places, 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.

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And having consented to all the conditions of this paper we hereunto sign our names and marks. And the Queen of England on her part having agreed to all the conditions of this paper, Donald McLean, the Governor's Land Commissioner for New Zealand hereunto signs his name.

Donald McLean,
Land Commissioner.
Hohaia te Rangi x.
Ngatuere Tawhao x.
Waka Tahuahi x.
Ko Hiko Te Tati x.
Ihaka Te Ao x.
Wiremu Kingi.
Wiremu Tutere.

Witnesses to the payments and signatures—

Byron Drury, Commander, Royal Navy.
G. S. Cooper, J.P., District Commissioner.
John P. Russell, Settler, Wangai Moana, Wairarapa.

1855. 17 FebruaryReceipt for £200. We have received on this 17th day of February 1855 the sum of Two hundred pounds which Mr. McLean has paid us. This is the final payment which was promised to be given to us in December 1855, for this land, Maramamau, the boundaries whereof are written in the above deed.

Wiremu Kingi Tutepakihirangi.
Whakatomo Hapuku.
Hapuku Te Ika nui o te moana x.

Witnesses to the payment and signatures—

John P. Russell, Settler, Wairarapa.
G. S. Cooper, J.P.

A True Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, February 9th, 1876.