Further indication of how far Auckland Council is prepared to go to promote Maori interests is illustrated by the new memorial plaque on the Ports of Auckland frontage. Despite documentary evidence to the contrary, Ports of Auckland has backed Ngati Whatua’s attempt to re write history - the truth be damned!
The new plaque 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.
Factual evidence shows that there is no doubt the land was indeed sold. In response to a request sent to Archives NZ regarding the whereabouts of the original Deed of Purchase for the 3,000 acres for the site of the City of Auckland, the following reply was received:
“This particular Deed has been digitised and can be viewed for free online here: http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE24490755
You can click through each page, zoom in and out, or download individual pages. If you want to view or download a PDF version of the entire file, click on 'Derivative Copy' at the very bottom left of the viewer, then click on 'Table of Contents' and the PDF 'file 1' icon. This will open the PDF, which you can then save or print in one go.
If you are experiencing issues viewing digital records please try a different web browser or alternatively download the file as a PDF".
It is important to counter this attempt to re write history, and set the record straight for posterity. You can help by contacting the CEO of Ports of Auckland, Mr Tony Gibson, requesting the plaque be removed and replaced with one that reflects the truth, i.e. that the land was purchased. (The more people who do so, the more likely we are to succeed). Mr Gibson’s postal address is:
P.O. Box 1281
Shortland Street 1140