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Maori Deeds of Old Private Land Purchases in New Zealand, From the Year 1815 to 1840, with Pre-Emptive and Other Claims

Report of Land Claims Commissioners

Report of Land Claims Commissioners.

Claim No. 440.

Claimant's Name and Address.—William Stirling.

1843. 21 December.Report of Land Claims Commissioners.The Commissioners have the honor to report, for the information of His Excellency the Governor, that, from the accompanying evidence taken in Claim No. 440, they are of opinion that in November, 1839, the claimant made a bonâ fide purchase from the Native chief Tuhawaike of a tract of land thus described:—In the harbour of the Bluff, Middle Island, at Motupohue Point, on the west entrance of the harbour. Bounded on the N.W. by Spencer's land, and on the other sides by the sea."

The payment made to the Natives for this land in November, 1839, appears to have been—£40 cash. At 7s. 8d. per acre = 104 acres.

The Commissioners therefore respectfully recommend that a grant for 104 acres of the above-described land should be issued to William Stirling, his heirs and assigns for ever. Excepting 100 feet from high-water mark, and any portion of the harbour required to be reserved.

Edward L Godfrey, Commissioners.
M. Richmond, Commissioners.

Wellington, 21st December, 1843.

No. 440.O.L.C. A True Transcript of Certified Copy of Original Deed, and of Commissioners' Report. H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 7th January, 1881.
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