Letter from Tamati Waka to McLean, 21 Dec 1850

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0674G-06. Object #1031203

A copy of a letter by Tamati regarding local issues but written by H Halse

2 pages written 21 Dec 1850 by Tamati Waka in Huatoki to Sir Donald McLean, related to Henry Halse, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi), Te Ati Awa.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

21 Tihema 1850

E hoa, Makarini,

Tena ra ko koe. Ka nui toku aroha atu ki a koe i roto i tenei tau hou.

E hoa, e pai ana au mo tau pukapuka. Ko te rua tenei o nga tau i whakarite ana au nga tikanga pai o nga Pakeha. E kore hoki au e pai kia hoki ki o matou ture kino o nga Maori - naku whakawirinakitanga tenei ki runga ki nga Pakeha ake ake ake a mate noa.

Kei te whakakite kupu kino au i muri i a koe ki a Hare.

I roto i tenei tau hou, ahakoa kei tawhiti te tinana, kei a koe ano toku wairua. Heoi ano.

Tamati Waka

H. Halse [writer]

English (E Ma)

21 December 1850

Friend, McLean,

Greetings to you there. I have great affection for you in this new year.

Friend, I agree with your letter. This is the second year I have instituted the good customs of the Pakeha. I don't agree that we should go back to our wrongful Maori laws. I will depend on the Pakeha for ever and ever, until I die.

I discovered bad talk after you left, about Hare [Halse?].

In this new year, although you are far away in person, my spirit is still with you. That's all.

Tamati Waka

H. Halse [writer]

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0674G (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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