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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

Report of Land Commissioner. — Claim No. 457

Report of Land Commissioner.
Claim No. 457.

Claimant's Name—Gilbert Mair.

Report.—The Commissioner has the honour to report for the information of His Excellency 1844. 10 September.Commmissioner's report.the Governor, that, from the accompanying evidence taken in Claim No. 457, he is of opinion respecting a purchase from the Native Chiefs Pohe and others of a tract of land thus described:—A neck of land on the harbour of Wangarei called Tauri Kura, formed by a line drawn from Pukahangarere on the North straight to Wakaramu on the South. The supposed contents unknown.

The payment made to the Natives for this land appears to have been in October, 1839—Goods £50 13s., multiplied by 3=£151 19s., at 7/4 per acre=414 acres.

A receipt executed by the above-named chiefs and others in 1844 has been exhibited, and they have admitted the payment they received and the alienation of the land, but acknowledge that the Chief Tirarau has a very considerable right in the said land.

No Grant is recommended, for the following reasons, viz.:—

That, by the admission of the claimant, Tirarau's claim has not been satisfied, nor is his demand of three horses even consented to.

That it is the belief of the Commissioner that other Natives of Tirarau's party have claims upon the land.

That the claimant has deposed that he sold this claim to J. J. Bernard in 1840, and still holds the bills of the said Bernard for £650 stig., the price he stipulated for.

That the claimant or others deriving, from him have already had the maximum Grant awarded

Edward L. Godfrey,

Auckland, 10 Sept., 1844.