Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
E hoa, e Makarini,
Tena koe, koutou na ko ou tangata o Ngamotu, o Puketapu, o Waitara, o Ihaia, o Tipene ma.
Kua tae mai tau pukapuka ki ahau, 9 o Nowema. Kahore hoki he whakaaro i te kitea ake nei e matou, e au. E Makarini, inaianei heoti ano ta matou ko oku tangata, kua mahora ki korua ko Kawana ta matou nei tikanga. E kore hoki e tangohia mai e matou, kua whakaae matou. Kei a korua ano ko Ihaia, to korua whakaaro e tika. Tuhituhi mai kia mohio au i te tikanga o to koutou korero.
E tama, kua tuku au i toku whenua ki a Kawana. I muri i a koe nei kotahi te kupu nui a Kawana: Kapea[?] nau nga tamahine a tetahi tangata? Kotahi tonu te mea e hiahiatiatia ana e te tane, ko taua wahine pai ko Waitara, otira naku i whakaaro mo Waitara ki a Makarini.
12 o Nowema 1848
Na to hoa aroha, na
Eruini Te Tupe
English (E Ma)
Greetings to you and your people of Ngamotu, Puketapu and Waitara, and of Ihaia Tipene and the others.
Your letter came to me on the 9th of November but when we read it I, we, did not have any ideas. McLean, now what I and my people will do is put before you and the Governor our proposal. We will not take it back, we agree. It is for you and Ihaia to approve your idea. Write so I will know the outcome of your discussion.
Young man, I have given over my land to the Governor. After you left, he said one important thing: Would you refuse the daughters of a man? But there is just one a man desires, that good woman, Waitara; however, my thought was that Waitara is for McLean.
12 November 1848
From your good friend, from
Eruini Te Tupe
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0672E (10 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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