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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



1838. 1 November.Manukau District.Omaru.Know all men who see this Book that we whose names are hereunto affixed, Chiefs and men of the Ngatitamaoho, a tribe of Waikato, residing at Manukau a river or port to the Western side of the Northern Island of New Zealand, every man of us according to his share and proportion who has any right to this part of Omaru which is written in this Book (or Deed) do give up and sell to James Hamlin and his children, his heirs and James Hamlin. successors for ever, on this day the 1st of November 1838, as a payment for the articles written underneath which we hereby acknowledge to have received. This part of Omaru the boundaries of which are here mentioned is 200 acres by estimation, more or less, lying to the East of Manukau and inland of or beyond Ohurua and Waikarewao the place purchased by Mr. Maunsell and James Hamlin for the Church Missionary Society. We give up to James Hamlin and his children, his heirs and successors for ever the Land, all Paths and Watercourses, all Fences, Trees, Fern, and whatsoever is found growing or lying upon the same and every thing above or below this part of Omaru to be his land, to be cultivated to be sold or used in any other way by him, his children, heirs or successors.
Boundaries. [200 acres.] The inland or Eastern boundary of this part of Omaru commences at Te Hukahuka and goes to the Southward to Ngawaemutu; it then turns to the West, joins the boundary of Tapuitiketike and Waitangi, and runs along by it to Tanemotu and the stream of the Tumu to the East side of Rautawiriwiri or Paparaumu whence it turns to the North by the boundary of Waikareao to Waikowatu in a direct line with Waitaherua and Tuwerowero; it then turns to the East to Tuwerowero, to Opoteke to the Tutukitanga o Ngaturi, o Nikaruarangi to Te Hukahuka. And every man of us who has any right to this part of Omaru assert that no part of this land within these boundaries has been sold by any one of us, and that we are the persons to whom this parcel of land belongs, and that it is correct for us to dispose of it to James Hamlin and his children his heirs and successors for ever.
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Witness our names and marks which are written this 1st day of November in the year 1838. Our names have been written and affixed to this book, and it is signed and delivered.

Receipt. The following things were received by us on the day and year on which these things were written, as a payment for this part of Omaru herein written. 30 Blankets 13 Axes 10 Spades 4 Combs 5 Bars of Soap 4 Knives 2 prs. Scissors, 1 Razor, 200 lbs. Tobacco.



Extra receipt. Subsequently to the receiving by us of the articles written on the opposite side of this book we received from the hands of James Hamlin 1 Heifer Calf and 1 Beaver Hat as a part of the payment for our parcel of land which we sold some time since and which is written in this book. I Wiremu, Wata Hana recd. these things.

A Correct Translation.


George Clarke.

No. 373b3.O.L.C. A True Transcript of Certified Copy of Original Deed and Translation.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 9th September, 1879.