Object #1027444 from MS-Papers-0032-0003

4 pages written 20 Jan 1849 by an unknown author in Otaki to Sir Donald McLean in Manawatu District

From: Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items). Contains papers dealing with the purchase of Maori land; in particular, there are official papers about `Old Land Claims' (ie pre Treaty of Waitangi); there is also extensive correspondence about the purchase of land in the Rangitikei area from Ngati Apa, and a related dispute about ownership between Ngati Apa and Ngati Raukawa; there is also a letter from Henry Tiffin outlining the concerns of Wairarapa Maori about an invasion by Ngati Toa Also includes translation of a letter by the Ngati Toa outlining the boundaries of land ceded to the Crown in 1847.

A transcription/translation of this document (by ATL) appears below.

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English (ATL)

Otaki,
20th Jany., 1849.

(Ngatiraukawa tribe)

Friend Mr. McLean

Wishing you well this is our word to you be cautious of the words of your people of the Ngatiapa, who persist in selling Rangitikei on to Manawatu, that is the boundary they desire to sell, there are only two more left. Friend McLean, if you consent to what they say give them your money, but the land shall not be given up to you. Listen, if you wish to purchase, let it be the other side of Rangitikei, do not consent to buy this side it will not be given up, all the people (the natives) have determined to hold the land, the boundary

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English (ATL)

is Kukutairaiki that boundary shall be ours, presently the Europeans may say the evils arise from us from the natives.

This is all our talk at present from us from the Ngatiraukawas to Mr. McLean.

The original of this translation was addressed to me by Hakariah the principal teaihu at Otaki.


(Sgd.) Donald McLean.

A true translation. (Sgd.) Donald McLean, Inspector of Police.
To Mr. McLean,
Manawatu.

English (ATL)

Otaki,
20th Jany., 1849.

(Ngatiraukawa tribe)

Friend Mr. McLean

Wishing you well this is our word to you be cautious of the words of your people of the Ngatiapa, who persist in selling Rangitikei on to Manawatu, that is the boundary they desire to sell, there are only two more left. Friend McLean, if you consent to what they say give them your money, but the land shall not be given up to you. Listen, if you wish to purchase, let it be the other side of Rangitikei, do not consent to buy this side it will not be given up, all the people (the natives) have determined to hold the land, the boundary is Kukutairaiki that boundary shall be ours, presently the Europeans may say the evils arise from us from the natives.

This is all our talk at present from us from the Ngatiraukawas to Mr. McLean.

The original of this translation was addressed to me by Hakariah the principal teaihu at Otaki.


(Sgd.) Donald McLean.

A true translation. (Sgd.) Donald McLean, Inspector of Police.
To Mr. McLean,
Manawatu.

Part of:
Native Land Purchase Commissioner - Papers, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0003 (57 digitised items)
Series 7 Official papers, Reference Number Series 7 Official papers (3737 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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