Object #1016138 from MS-Papers-0032-0632

4 pages written 22 Nov 1871 by John White in Auckland Region to Sir Donald McLean

From: Inward letters - John White, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0632 (25 digitised items). 22 letters and memos written from Auckland, Napier, New Plymouth, Waikato, Hokianga and Wanganui, 1858-1874

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Grafton Road,

22 November 1871.

Dear Mr. McLean,

Ihakara has come down from Te Kuiti and in talking with me he gave me this news.

When he first got to Te Kuiti he had a long talk with Manuwhiri Rewi and others when Manuwhiri said, "Tenei Te Kupu, a to atua Hau, Kati te pupuhi ki te whenua, Kati te pupuhi ki te Rakau, Kati te pupuhi ki te moana." Ihakara says he does not know what this means unless it be that for a time there shall be no more fighting. Manawhiri again said, "Tenei tenei kupu, Kotahi te kau marama ma rua e toe nei, kia pau ana marama ka tae ki te akerama". Ihakara did not understand the word "akerama" so that when Manuwhiri had left them he enquired of Rewi what it meant. Rewi answered by saying "Ko te whenua o te Toto".

I said "a ki tau e Ihakara he aha te tikanga o te whenua o te toto."

He said "ana mo te pai hea, mo te whawha ranei."

Ihakara also told me that a large block of land had been given up to him in the Waikato in the Kuiti district, so that if anything does take place this block will not be lost to them, that Ihakara is going to ask you to give him ploughs and cattle to cultivate it.

Also there is to be a meeting in March next at which you are to be invited.

You will find the word "akerama" (so Ihakara says) in the New Testament he says the scripture sentence is "akerama te kainga o te toto".

As ever, Yours sincerely,
John White.

Part of:
Inward letters - John White, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0632 (25 digitised items)
Series 1 Inward letters (English), Reference Number Series 1 Inward letters (English) (14501 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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