Letter from Tamati Waka to McLean (with translation), 16 May 1850
Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0674B-5. Object #1031009
Letter and contemporary translation written from Ngamotu about a anti-Pakeha action in the area with a brief note
2 pages written 16 May 1850 by Tamati Waka in Ngamotu to Sir Donald McLean, related to Whanganui.
A transcription/translation of this document (by E Ma) appears below.
Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
16 Mei 1850
E hoa, e Te Makarini,
Tena ra koe. Tenei ano taku kupu ki a koe. Kua tae mai au ki te whare o Hare ki te korero mo te kino a Puketapu, mo nga whenua o nga Pakeha kahore ano i pa noa ki nga kau me te kate[?]. Ki te muru i nga Pakeha, ko au kei te korero, 'Kahore ou tikanga moku.' Te ki iho ai koe ki au, 'E nui atu taku tikanga.' Ki te korero mo nga he pokanoa i muri o Makarini raua ko Te Tahana - homai he tikanga moku. Kua tu au i te pirihi. Whakaaetia mai e koe nga tikanga moku. Na Paratta raua ko Tamihana te kino mo te whenua o Wiremu Pere. Ki te mea, e kore e mutu toku aroha ki nga Pakeha, ake ake ake.
English (E Ma)
16 May 1850
Greetings to you. This is my message to you. I have been to Halse's house to talk about the trouble at Puketapu, about the lands of the Pakeha which are not yet turned over to cows or pasture[?]. If they[?] plunder the Pakeha, I will say, 'Your rules are not for me.' You may say to me, 'I have many other rules.' Re the talk about the illegal actions after Makarini and Te Tahana left - give me some resolution. I will support the police. Decide what course of action I should take. Paratta and Tamihana are the cause of trouble over the land of Wiremu Pere. In any case, my respect for the Pakeha will never cease, ever, ever.
[Note following relates.]
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0674B (8 digitised items)
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