A deed has been described as a formal instrument in writing signed by the party to be bound thereby and attested by a witness who, if the deed is executed in New Zealand, must himself add to his signature his place of abode and occupation. Formal delivery is never necessary, and sealing is unnecessary except where a corporation executes the deed. A document may be a deed although it is not in a usual or recognised form. Subject to the requirements of signature and witnessing, the paramount test is the intention of the parties.
by Bruce James Cameron, B.A., LL.M., Legal Adviser, Department of Justice, Wellington.
- Goodall's Conveyancing in New Zealand, Adams, E. C. (2 ed. 1951).