Letter from Ngairo to George Grey (with translation), 5 Jul 1853

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0677A-16. Object #1030803

Letter written from Wairarapa regarding local information on tribes and chiefs and includes an explanatory note by McLean

3 pages written 5 Jul 1853 by Ngairo Rakaihikuroa in Huangarua and Wairarapa to Sir George Grey, related to Ngairo Rakaihikuroa, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

5 Hurae 1853

I tuhi tenei pukapuka ki Huangarua.

E ta, e Te Kawana,

Kia rongo mai koe, kai pouri tau ngakau ki a matou, ki au ra i whakarite ai koe, e haere marire atu na ki tou aroaro, ki te whakarongo i au korero. E pehea ana ranei tena karo ou[?] ngakau? Kei te aroha ranei koe ki [a] matou, kaore ranei? Inahoki ka haere koe akuanei, ka he nga Maori me nga Pakeha hoki, engari me noho koe ki Poneke.

E hoa, aro koe mo matou, taihoa matou e haere atu kia pai nga ra, engari me whakatakoto e koe tetahi whare mo matou, hei tena whare nui kia oai[?] nga tangata. Heoi ano, ka mutu i konei.

Na Ngairo

English (E Ma)

5 July 1853

This letter was written at Huangarua.

Sir, Governor,

Listen, but don't be upset with us about the date you arranged for us to come calmly before you and hear what you have to say. How does that affect your feelings? Have you still regard for us or not? Indeed you are soon to leave, after which the Maori and Pakeha will be in trouble, rather that you would stay in Port Nicholson.

Friend, consider us for in time we will go to you, when the days are right, but prepare a house for us, a large house to receive [?] the people. That's all, I end here.

From Ngairo

[Note following relates]

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0677A (23 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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