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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

Extract from Commissioner's Report

Extract from Commissioner's Report.

The portion admitted to have been sold is the land lying northward of the following Commissioner's report. boundaries, including the Island of Kaikoura: Commencing at Akatarere, on the West Coast, a little north of the small island Rangiahua, to Papakuri to the eastward, thence to Maungapiko, thence to the southernmost bay of the inner harbour, thence along the shore to a stream called Wairahi; following the windings of this stream it then runs in an easterly direction to the summit of the range of hills, then along the summit of said range northerly to Mount Hirakimata, thence still proceeding in a northerly course along the summit of the range of hills to Pairoa, and Ohineuru on the south bank of the Creek Wangapoua, thence along the same bank of Wangapoua to the sea.

Excepting from the above limits the land which belongs to Pukeroa, which is bounded in front by part of the inner harbour, on one side by the small stream Kaiaraara, on the other side by a place called Kotuku, and on the back by a place called Ongungu. And also excepting all the cultivations and settlements of the resident Natives.

The rest of the island lying southwards of the above boundaries does not appear to have been purchased from the rightful owners. The Chief Tara and his party, who alone of the sellers maintain any right to lands within this portion, have acknowledged to have received for their share only three pair of blankets; and the opposition of Tomate Walker and Tarikirangi being even admitted by Tara to a considerable extent.

Edward L. Godfrey, Commissioner.

Coromandel Harbour, 10th June, 1844.

A True Transcript of Certified Copy of Original Deed and Commissioner's Report.No. 32.O.L.C.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 9 June, 1879.