Letter from Te Tahana & Hone Paura to McLean, 29 Mar 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675C-08. Object #1031626

2 pages written 29 Mar 1851 by Te Tahana and Hone Paura in Waitoki to Sir Donald McLean, related to Tahana, Whanganui.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

29 Maehe 1851


E hoa, e Makarini,

Tena koe. E nui toku aroha atu ki a koe. Naku koe i waiho atu kia whakarite ana i nga tikanga i haere ai taua. Hoki mai nei au ki to taua kainga ki te whakarite i enei tikanga. Kei maemae mai koe ki te tikanga i tuhituhia atu e Tamati Waka na, ki te kupu patu a Puketapu i nga Pakeha; e tika ana ano tau kupu, na Tame Watena. Ko te tikanga o tana kupu, he hau kau noa iho.

He kupu hou tenei naku ki a koe. E mea ana au kia whakatakotoria mai e koe tetehi tikanga ki au, ko te wahi i whakaritea e koe ki a au i mua, e mea ana au he turanga kai kore taua wahi.


Na to hoa aroha,
na Te Tahana Hone Paura
No Waitoki

English (E Ma)

29 March 1851


Friend, McLean,

Greetings. I have great affection for you. I left you to arrange the business we went to do. And now I have returned to our land to settle these matters. Don't be upset about the suggestion Tamati Waka wrote about, his word about Puketapu killing the Pakeha; you are right in saying it came from Tamati Watena. And the reason for his words is all wind.

I've a new matter for you. I suggest you put up another proposal for me; the place you arranged for me before, I think, can't be cultivated.


From your good friend,
Te Tahana Hone Paura
From Waitoki

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675C (15 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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