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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

Deeds—No. 12

page 441

Deeds—No. 12.

Motukorea Island, River Tamaki, Auckland District.

1840. 22 May.Auckland District.Motukorea Island. William Brown.Know all men by these presents That we whose names are hereunto subscribed Native Chiefs of New Zealand and owners of the Island after mentioned In consideration of 2 Double barrelled Guns, 10 Blankets, 2 Coats, 4 Casks of Gunpowder of 25 lbs. each, 4 pieces of print, 12 Shirts and 4 pair of Trowsers paid to us by William Brown late of Edinburgh North Britain now residing at Waiomu on the Frith of Thames in New Zealand aforesaid, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, We, by these presents Receipt. do grant bargain sell and convey unto the said William Brown and his heirs and assigns that Island called Motu Korea situated at the entrance of the River Tamaki [150 acres.] at its confluence with Prince Regent's Inlet in New Zealand aforesaid, together with all ways, water, watercourses, tabood grounds, trees, and other vegetable productions, mines, metals and other minerals, together also with the right of fishing and the fishes in the Creeks and Bays of said Island To have and to hold the said Island with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to him the said William Brown his heirs and assigns and to the only proper use and behoof of them for ever: And we the said Chiefs hereby bind ourselves and our successors to warrant the said Island hereby sold and its appurtenances to the said William Brown and his heirs and assigns And will for ever defend the same against all persons having or pretending to have any interest or title thereto. In Witness whereof these presents (after having been duly read over and explained to us by James Palmer residing at Waiomu aforesaid) are subscribed by us Kanini, Kati Kati, and Ngatai at Waiomu aforesaid this 22nd day of May in the year 1840 before these Witnesses the said James Palmer and Dr. John Logan Campbell also at present residing at Waiomu.

Kanini his x mark.
Kati Kati.

(Sgd.) James Palmer.
J. L. Campbell.

A True Transcript of Uncertified Copy of Original Deed. No. 58.P.C.

H. Hanson Turton.

Wellington, 15th July, 1880.