Letter from Te Kanawa to Te Waka (with translation), 30 Sep 1847

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0671B-05. Object #1030287

Letter informing McLean of Te Rauparaha's efforts to gain Maori allies in the Waikato and Thames

4 pages written 30 Sep 1847 by Te Kanawa to Sir Donald McLean, related to Michael Rotohiko Jones, Waikato Region, Horowhenua District, Ngati Tamatera, Ngati Paoa, Ngati Toa, Ngati Marutuahu.

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

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English (MRJ)

September 30, 1847


Friend, Te Waka greetings to you.

Hear what I have to say to you all. You should all hear that here is Te Rauparaha spreading the word to Waikato. Te Rauparaha is counselling Waikato to exterminate all the people of Wellington, of Wanganui and beyond. However Potatau does not agree. Never the less I have not heard of strong disapproval from Ngati Paoa, Ngati Maru, Ngati Tamatera, their main tribe being Waikato. These are the tribes I have sought to contact. When I hear of their general approval then someone will come in the person of Rangitau. When I hear the news during the summer from Te Waka, from Eruera from Wiremu Makaare.


From your affectionate friend
Te Kanawa
Translation of Chief's letter. 30th. September 1847.


Friend Te Waka,

Wishing you well. Listen, all of you to my word. Te Rauparaha is talking to the Waikatos. Te Rauparaha speaks to the Waikatos of destroying all the people of Port Nicholson, of Wanganui, and that Ngamotu will be the boundary. But Potatau (or Te Whero Whero) disapproves of this. But I have not heard what his opposition is. The Ngatiapas are strong (means in the scheme) The Ngatimarus and Ngatitamataras, these are his own tribes. It is the Waikatos I am now enquiring after. If I hear they will all consent, a person will be sent to you, that is, Rangitatau will go if I hear more talk during the summer.


From your loving friend
Te Kanawa.
To:- To:- Te Waka.
To:- Te Wiremu.
To:- Makauri.
True Translation (Signed) Donald McLean.

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0671B (11 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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