Letter from Te Waka to McLean, 28 Apr 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675C-14. Object #1030513

Letters written from Parewanui

2 pages written 28 Apr 1851 by Tamati Waka in Parewanui to Sir Donald McLean, related to Muaupoko.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

28 Aperira 1851

Ki a Makarini

E hoa,

Tena koe. Ka nui toku aroha ki a koe.Tenei ano ta Rawiri e mea ana i te pukapuka o Pita, 'E kore ne au[?] ka mahue taku teneti. Otira, kei te Atua te whakaaro kia tohungia au[?] i te ao, ae, kia tangohia au[?] ne.'

E hoa, kia aroha koe ki aku tamariki, e takonga[?] utu o te whenua. Ko Pita hei tanga[tango?] i taku peke, ko taku [ta]maiti tena. Kua kite ano koe i a ia. Kei rongo koe ki te kupu o tetahi tangata, e mea ana kia wehewehea nga moni o roto o taku peke, erangi kati ano i te ritenga o nga utu o te utu tuarua, ma Pita e tango. Heoti ano, ka mutu tenei.

He kupu ano tenei to naku ki a koe. Ko te wahi i korero taua i tawahi o Pourewa, kua tukua atu e au. Ki a koe te whakaaro. Heoti ano.

Na tou hoa aroha, na
Te Waka Parewanui

English (E Ma)

28 April 1851

To McLean


Greetings. I have great affection for you. This is what David said in the epistle of Peter: 'I will not leave my tent. It is for God to assign me to the world, yes, to bring me out.'

Friend, have consideration for my children, in giving[?] payment for the land. Pita will take[?] my bag, he is my son. You have already seen him. Don't listen to the talk of any other who says the money in my bag should be divided up, but leave it the same as the practice for the payments of the second instalment, and Pita will take it. That's all, the end of this.

Another word to you. The place you and I spoke of beyond Pourewa, I could give away. Your decision. That's all.

From your good friend, from
Te Waka Parewanui

[Note on facing page] 'Te Waka Turakina before his death'

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675C (15 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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