19 December, 1873.
This is an agreement between the Maori people whose names are hereunto affixed
1873 19 December.
Poverty Bay District.
for themselves their relatives and their hapus of the one part and John
A. Wilson Land Purchase Commissioner acting on behalf of the Government on the
other part. The said Maori people whose names are hereunto affixed do hereby
agree te lease to the said Waikohumatawai.
John Wilson acting on behalf of
the Government all their land in the District of Waikohu-Matawai for the term of
Twenty-five years. The boundaries of the said land commence at Tawakahutia from
thence it proceeds along the boundary line of the land Agreement to lease.
that is leased to Europeans till it reaches Orewha from thence it turns
off to Waikohu Boundaries. [43,479 acres.]
till it reaches the mouth of the Rangiriri follows the course of the
Rangiriri till it reaches the confiscated boundary of the Government at Ukua
turns off and along the confiscated boundary of the Government till it reaches
the source of the Korona River, thence, to Omapara, Whangaiarea Matakitaki,
Tokanui and meets again at Tawakahutia.
The rent to be paid yearly till the expiration of the said lease shall be as
follows. For the first five years £100 per annum. For the second five years £125
per annum. For the third five years £150 per annum. For the fourth five years
£175 per annum. And for the last five years £200 per annum. The said Maori
people whose names are Receipt for £300 advance. hereunto affixed and their relatives and hapus shall refund the sum of
£300 advanced to them this day by John Wilson on account of this lease and the
Government will on this account deduct the sum of £50 annually from the rent for
six years, at which time the total sum of £300 will have been repaid. This
deduction to commence on the eleventh year of the term of this lease. The Maoris
whose names are hereunto affixed (their relations and hapus) shall defray the
expense of surveying this land out of the money paid for rent to the extent of
the mount of money advanced by the Government to the Surveyor which said amount
shall be deducted and retained by the Government for the said purpose. In the
event of gold or silver being discovered in that land and Europeans should
desire to mine thereon they shall be allowed to do so under the Miner’s Right
system and all fees paid for the said Miners’ Rights shall be handed over to the
Maori people whose names are hereto affixed, the said fee being at the rate of
£1 per annum for every individual mining thereon.
In the event of oil being obtained from that land all questions referring
thereto shall be deferred until such oil shall be found.
This land will have to be investigated at the next sitting of the Native Lands
Court at Turanganui that the claims of the people whose names are hereto affixed
shall be substantiated and that their lease to the Government may be legitimate.
We the said Maori people whose names are hereto affixed for themselves their
relatives and hapus do hereby agree to absolutely refrain from selling the said
land to other parties during the term of this lease.
Wiremu Kingi Tutahuarangi.
Witness to mark—
Te Manihera Maiki x his mark.
Witness to mark—
Aporo Matahuata x his mark.
Rihimona Te Tau.
Witness to mark—
Pera Tutoko x his mark.
Te Otene te Araka.
J. A. Wilson,
Karauria Te Ua.
Te Hira Parekowai.
I, William Kerr Nesbitt
Trust Commissioner appointed under "The Native Lands Fraud Prevention Act,
1870," for the District of Poverty Bay, do hereby certify that I have, with
regard to the within-written instrument and the agreement thereby witnessed,
made the inquiries directed by the said Act, and that I am satisfied with the
result of such inquiries.
W. K. Nesbitt,
Dated at Gisborne, the 23rd day of June, 1875
A True Copy of Original Agreement, Translation, and Certificate.
H. Hanson Turton.
August 13th, 1875