Letter from Hoera to McLean, 28 Sep 1844

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0668-11. Object #1030557

Letter protesting against the selling of absentee lands

3 pages written 28 Sep 1844 by Hoera 1850, Manahi and Mete Paratene to Sir Donald McLean, related to Hoera, Hawke's Bay Region, Ngati Kahungunu.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

28 Hepetema 1844


E hoa, e Te Makarini,

Ki te mea e pai ana koe, otira tenei ano taku korero ki a koe. E mea ana toku whakaaro ki a koe, na ki te utua nga wahi o nga tangata e ngaro ana, e kore au e pai kia utua. Kua rongo au ki ta korua kupu i mea ra, e mea ana korua, na ko nga wahi o nga tangata e ngaro ana, kaua e utua. Na korua tenei kupu ko Te Karaka, i korero ki a matou i mua. Ko nga wahi o Matiaha raua ko tona tuahine, ko Te Iwikahu, me waiho. E kore matou e pai kia utua. Mana ano e tiki mai, e utu tona wahi, tona wahi, tena ma te tangata kahore e kore e pai. Na, ki te mea ka tahae au i nga wahi o nga tangata, e he ana au. Kei te wehi au kei pera au me a Nanaia raua ko Hapaira, i waiho e te Atua hei utu mo ta raua tahaetanga i nga utu o te whenua i mua,

English (E Ma)

28 September 1844


Friend, McLean,

If you agree, then this would be what I would say. What I say to you is that if the places of people who have gone are paid for, I would not agree to that. I have heard you both say in the past, that the places of people who have gone, are not to be paid for. You and Clarke said this, told us in the past. Matiaha and his sister, Te Kiwikahu, their places should be left alone. We would not agree to them being bought. It is for each himself to set to and sell his part, but for any person that is certainly not right. Now, if I steal the places of others, I would be in the wrong. I would be afraid that I was like Ananias and Sapphira whom God abandoned as punishment for their stealing the payments for the land of old,

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

i whakatakotoria nei e ia ki raro ki nga waewae o tenei tangata pai o Pita. Heoi ano nga korero, ka mutu.

Matiaha kei Kaputi, Te Iwikahu kei Kaputi Otira, tenei ano tetahi kupu aku ki a koe. Kua mohio au: ko Pekerangi kei Kaputi, Te Waiti kei Kaputi, ko Hapata kei Kaputi, Paraone kei Kaputi, ko Maka kei Kaputi, ko Riria kei Kaputi, ko Tahuri kei Kaputi, ko Te Kawa kei Kaputi, ko Te Piki kei Kaputi. Na, ma konei te whenua e kore e tika, kei te ngaro nga tangata ki Kaputi. Heoi ano.

English (E Ma)

which he laid beneath the feet of the good man, Peter [Acts Ch.5]. That is all to be said, the end.

Matiaha is at Kaputi and Te Iwikahu is at Kaputi But I have also this to say to you. I know that Pekerangi is at Kaputi, Te Waiti is at Kaputi, Hapata is at Kaputi, Paraone is at Kaputi, Maka is at Kaputi, Riria is at Kaputi, Tahuri is at Kaputi, Te Kawa is at Kaputi, Te Piki is at Kaputi. So, on account of this it would not be right for the land [to be sold], for the people are away at Kaputi. That's all.

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)


Naku na Hoera,

na Paratene,

na Manahi.
Heoi ano matou kei konei.

English (E Ma)


From me,
from Hoera,
and
from
Paratene
and
Manahi.
From those of us who are here.
[Note at end] 'Protest against selling absentee lands. Hoera.'

Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

28 Hepetema 1844


E hoa, e Te Makarini,

Ki te mea e pai ana koe, otira tenei ano taku korero ki a koe. E mea ana toku whakaaro ki a koe, na ki te utua nga wahi o nga tangata e ngaro ana, e kore au e pai kia utua. Kua rongo au ki ta korua kupu i mea ra, e mea ana korua, na ko nga wahi o nga tangata e ngaro ana, kaua e utua. Na korua tenei kupu ko Te Karaka, i korero ki a matou i mua. Ko nga wahi o Matiaha raua ko tona tuahine, ko Te Iwikahu, me waiho. E kore matou e pai kia utua. Mana ano e tiki mai, e utu tona wahi, tona wahi, tena ma te tangata kahore e kore e pai. Na, ki te mea ka tahae au i nga wahi o nga tangata, e he ana au. Kei te wehi au kei pera au me a Nanaia raua ko Hapaira, i waiho e te Atua hei utu mo ta raua tahaetanga i nga utu o te whenua i mua, i whakatakotoria nei e ia ki raro ki nga waewae o tenei tangata pai o Pita. Heoi ano nga korero, ka mutu.

Matiaha kei Kaputi, Te Iwikahu kei Kaputi Otira, tenei ano tetahi kupu aku ki a koe. Kua mohio au: ko Pekerangi kei Kaputi, Te Waiti kei Kaputi, ko Hapata kei Kaputi, Paraone kei Kaputi, ko Maka kei Kaputi, ko Riria kei Kaputi, ko Tahuri kei Kaputi, ko Te Kawa kei Kaputi, ko Te Piki kei Kaputi. Na, ma konei te whenua e kore e tika, kei te ngaro nga tangata ki Kaputi. Heoi ano.


Naku na Hoera,

na Paratene,

na Manahi.
Heoi ano matou kei konei.

English (E Ma)

28 September 1844


Friend, McLean,

If you agree, then this would be what I would say. What I say to you is that if the places of people who have gone are paid for, I would not agree to that. I have heard you both say in the past, that the places of people who have gone, are not to be paid for. You and Clarke said this, told us in the past. Matiaha and his sister, Te Kiwikahu, their places should be left alone. We would not agree to them being bought. It is for each himself to set to and sell his part, but for any person that is certainly not right. Now, if I steal the places of others, I would be in the wrong. I would be afraid that I was like Ananias and Sapphira whom God abandoned as punishment for their stealing the payments for the land of old, which he laid beneath the feet of the good man, Peter [Acts Ch.5]. That is all to be said, the end.

Matiaha is at Kaputi and Te Iwikahu is at Kaputi But I have also this to say to you. I know that Pekerangi is at Kaputi, Te Waiti is at Kaputi, Hapata is at Kaputi, Paraone is at Kaputi, Maka is at Kaputi, Riria is at Kaputi, Tahuri is at Kaputi, Te Kawa is at Kaputi, Te Piki is at Kaputi. So, on account of this it would not be right for the land [to be sold], for the people are away at Kaputi. That's all.


From me,
from Hoera,
and
from
Paratene
and
Manahi.
From those of us who are here.
[Note at end] 'Protest against selling absentee lands. Hoera.'

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0668 (16 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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