Letter from Ihaia and Tamati to McLean, 21 Dec 1850

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0674G-07. Object #1031238

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

2 pages written 21 Dec 1850 by Tamati Waka and Ihaia Te Waka to Sir Donald McLean, related to Ihaia Te Waka, Taranaki Region, Taranaki (Taranaki Iwi), Whanganui.

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, e Te Makarini,

Tena ra koe. Kia rongo mai koe i ta maua kupu, ko to maua nei kainga kua motuhia ketia. Ko te putake i motuhia ai, koia tenei, he hokonga na maua i a maua kani hei kani whare papa mo maua, no konei ka riri nga tangata pakeke ki a maua. Hua noa hei whare tukunga atu i te oneone ki a korua ko Kawana.

Otira, kei mea mai korua ko Kawana i wehi maua ki ta ratou riri. Kahore. Otira, i mahara maua ki te kupu a Kawana i mea mai ai ia i mua i mea mai hoki ia ki a maua, ki te mea ka nui te riri o nga tangata pakeke, 'me motu ke korua i a ratou'. Na, kua rite to maua kainga kei uta ake i nga kainga i Te Mamaku. Heoi ano.


Na o tamariki aroha, 'for'
Ihaia raua ko Tamati

H.Halse [writer]

English (E Ma)

21 December 1850


Friend, McLean,

Greetings to you. Listen to what we have to say. Our land has been subdivided wrongly. The reason it was subdivided was because we sold our timber for house boards for us, and as a result the resisters became angry with us. [They] thought it was for a house to be given over with the land to you and the Governor.

However, don't you and the Governor suggest that we were afraid of their anger. No. But we recalled what the Governor said in the past, and indeed to us, that if the anger of the resisters increases 'you should separate off from them'. Now, it has been arranged that our settlement be further inland from the settlements at Te Mamaku. That's all.


From your loving young ones, 'for'
Ihaia and Tamati
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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