The new memorial plaque on the Ports of Auckland frontage, on Quay St, states "Te Kawau gifted 3000 acres to establish the City of Auckland." It replaces a plaque which referred to a purchase rather than a gift.
Despite being presented with evidence that shows that there is no doubt the land was sold*, Ports of Auckland is choosing to cling to the myth that the land for the founding of Auckland was “gifted” by Ngati Whatua Orakei - citing the report on the Ōrākei Claim by the Waitangi Tribunal.
Anyone who has not already done so are urged to contact the CEO, Tony Gibson, pointing out the error on the plaque. His email address is: [email protected]
The postal address is: P.O. Box 1281, Shortland St, Auckland 1140
*The text of the original the Deed of Purchase of 3,000 acres for the site of Auckland clearly states that Ngati Whatua “consented to give up and to sell a portion of land to the Queen of England for ever and ever for whatever purpose her majesty may seem right.”
For a scanned copy of the Deed of Purchase, see ‘The City of Auckland’, by John Barr, published in 1922. An electronic copy can be downloaded by clicking HERE. See pages 40 – 41).