Included here is a transcript of the 1839 Deed of Purchase. This is the document that the Waitangi Tribunal found to be invalid and is one of the major reasons the Wai 54 claim was lodged in 1987.
In total 11 Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika claims were made to the Waitangi Tribunal that related to the Port Nicholson Block. All of these claims have been settled under the banner of the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust. The claims were:
The first claim – Wai 54 was lodged in 1987 by Sir Ralph Makere Rangiatea Love and Ralph Heberley Ngatata Love. The Tribunal later changed the claim number relating to Port Nicholson Block to Wai 145 when specific aspects of the claim relating to areas in Taranaki were separated out.
Other subsequent claims related to specific matters within the rohe.
The first Waitangi Tribunal hearing was held in 1991 and the final hearing was held in 1999. It then took until 2003 for the Tribunal to produce its report on the claims. The report Te Whanganui a Tara me Ona Takiwa was released in May 2003 at Pipitea Marae.
The Port Nicholson Block rohe covers Wellington City, Hutt City and Upper Hutt City. It is also within the boundaries of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.