Letter from Wi Tako to Te Kuku (with translation), 30 Aug 1845
Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0669B-08. Object #1031454
Letter assuring Cooke of the safety of European settlers in his area and defence against any hostilities.
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August 30, 1845.
Friend Te Kuku, Greetings to you.
I am very kindly disposed to you. What a mad lot of people, the family of Kape Moana. Why are they like this? They say we will not be able to get there. They will be saying how bad the people of Wellington feel towards us.
Friend be strong in telling Mata to have the timber sawn for his house. Do not listen to what they say, but tell Poharama and Wiremu Kawaho to tell them to live peacefully and for them to listen to their spokesmen to Poharama and to Wi Kawaho, to Te Waka to Eruera telling them to live peacefully. If they are hostile to the Europeans we will be hostile towards them. Do not think these words are not true. These words are true. If Te Ahoaho persists in his belligerency towards you, Te Puni and I will come to see that man Te Ahoaho.
This my friend Te Kuku is all I have to say. You tell Mclean not to listen to what people say. If they should come to seek information from you and Mclean, be extremely hostile to them.
Enough from your affectionate friend,
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