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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. 25 February.Manukau District.Otahuhu.Know all men who witness this book that we whose names are written in this book, Chiefs of the Ngatipaoa, a tribe of Hauraki residing in the District of the Thames, a place on the East side of the Northern Island of New Zealand have and each and every one of us according to his share and all who have any right to this parcel of land called Otahubu have given up sold and conveyed as a payment for the articles written in this James Hamlin. book, which we acknowledge to have received and to be satisfied with the articles given us by James Hamlin who now resides at Moeatoa the Southern end of Manukau, a Port to the Western side of New Zealand Every one of us with all who have any rights to this parcel of land do-give up sell and convey and write our names or marks as a proof of it this day the 25th of February in this year of our Lord 1838, to James Hamlin his heirs and successors all this parcel of land of ours called Otahubu, 600 acres by estimation more or less lying between Manukau and Wangamatau the land and all paths watercourses brooks and rivers all fences and trees and stones and whatsoever else is growing or lying upon the same with everything below or above this parcel of land called Otahuhu to be James Hamlin's land his heirs and successors for ever to be cultivated to be sold or done anything else with our claim now ceasing to this parcel of land.
Boundaries. [600 acres.] The boundary on the north side of this land commences at the Waipuna in Wangamatau and goes towards the North West to a hill, (not mentioned in the deed, but the name of which I have since learned is Kawarahi) to the Southward of the lake called Waiatarua where it turns and goes towards the South to the west of Kaikarimu and goes on to high water mark at the Karetu and on the beach high water mark to the dragging place called Otahuhu. It then turns and goes along the middle of the dragging place to the River called Wangamatau and down the middle of this river to the Waipunga.

And we all who have any right to this parcel of land belongs, and that it is correct for us to sell this piece of land to James Hamlin his heirs and successors to be held by them without molestation Witness our marks written by us in this book on this day the 25th of February in the year of our Lord 1838. Our names are written in this book, and it is delivered.

Receipt. On the day and in the year in which this was written we received these things, 53 blankets 13 spades, 20 addicies 20 hoes 16 axes £8 cash 12 combs 12 scissors 12 knives 8 china pipes. Besides the above 1 blanket was given to Riukakara.



1839. 20 March.Extra Payment. Subsequent to the above Tangaroa, Tuhaere, and Matua received from the hands of James Hamlin for Otahuhu 3 blankets, 17 lbs. tobacco and 1 beaver hat and 3 china Pipes. Witness our marks this day the 20th of March, in the year of our Lord 1839.



Further Receipt. Received our share of the payment for the parcel of land written in this book which are these.

A correct translation.


George Clarke

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

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 19th September, 1879