Letter from Te Hapuku to Governor & McLean, 9 Jul 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675F-05. Object #1030285

3 pages written 9 Jul 1851 by d Te Hapuku to Sir George Grey and Sir Donald McLean in and Port Nicholson, related to Wellington City, Ngati Kahungunu.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

9 Hurae 1851


Haere ra, e taku pukapuka, ki Poneke ki a Te Makarini raua ko Kawana.

E hoa ma,

Tena ra korua te noho mai na i to korua na kainga. E hoa ma, tenei taku korero. Kia rongo mai korua, ka mate au i te kainga i te otaota o taku kainga. He ui atu tenei naku ki a korua, he aha hoki te tikanga i whakakoretia ai e koutou, e nga Pakeha te homai i te tupeka? Ka mate nei matou i te hiakai ki te tupe[ka]. E hoa, e Kawana raua ko Te Makarini, maku tetahi tupeka i a korua ko Kawana. Me uta [mai?] ki runga i te kaipuke i a Roihi, [ka?] haere mai, ka uta mai e koe. Heoi ano.


Naku na to hoa aroha,
na Te Hapuku, na Ka[ranama?]

English (E Ma)

9 July 1851


Go off, my letter, to Port Nicholson to McLean and the Governor.

Friends,

Greetings to you both there in your place. Friends, this is what I have to say. Listen I am suffering from consuming the weeds of my place. My question to you is: what is the reason for you, the Pakeha, prohibiting us from getting tobacco? We are longing for a smoke of tobacco. Friends, Governor and McLean, let me have some tobacco. Put it on the ship with Roihi to come here. When he comes, put it on board. That's all.


From me, from your good friend,
Te Hapuku, and from Ka[ranama?]

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675F (13 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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