Letter from Te Hapuku to McLean, 7 May 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675D-06. Object #1030146

Letter regarding land information and sketch of Maori military camp

2 pages written 7 May 1851 by d Te Hapuku to Sir Donald McLean, related to Whakatu, Ngati Kahungunu.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

No te 7 o Mei 1851

Ki a Te Makarini

E hoa,

Tena koe. He rahi toku aroha ki a koe i tenei po, i tenei rangi, ka wehea nei hoki taua, mehemea rawa ko te wehenga i a Rangi raua ko Papa. E hoa, tena koe, nui noa atu toku aroha ki a [koe], ara ki toku hoa aroha hoki.

Tenei taku kupu ki a koe, kia tuturu, mau tonu, ta korua whakaaro ko Kawana ki runga ki ta matou nei i karanga atu ai, mo nga utu o to matou whenua, ara, ki te 4 mano, ki te 8 rau. Ko te ara hei unga mai mo nga utu hei tuinga ra hei te whare o Tipene, hei kawenga mai ki Te Waipukurau nei tango ai.

He waiata: 'Me he poko koe, e Ma, e kaiarohi nei i ahau.' Ka mutu.

Naku na to hoa aroha,
na Te Hapuku

Mau te whakaaro ki te tangata hoatu i taku pukapuka ki a koe.

English (E Ma)

7 May 1851

To McLean


Greetings. I hold great respect for you night and day, as we are separated now, as in the separation of Rangi and Papa. Friend, greetings. My respect for you has increased, that is, for you my dear friend.

I have this to say to you, that you confirm and keep to your and the Governor's plan in relation to our call for the payment for our land, that is, for it to go from four thousand to eight thousand. The way to reach us is for the payment to be stitched up at Tipene's house so that it may then be taken to Te Waipukurau to be picked up.

A song: 'If you hide, oh Ma, I will go in search of you.' That's the end.

From your good friend,
Te Hapuku

You think of the person to give my letter to you.

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675D (20 digitised items)
Series 2 Inward letters (Maori), Reference Number Series 2 Inward letters (Maori) (3148 digitised items)
McLean Papers, Reference Number MS-Group-1551 (30238 digitised items)

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