Letter from Hineipaketi to McLean, 4 Jun 1851

Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0675E-4. Object #1031700

Letter written from Wakatu Te Kuruperehi

2 pages written 4 Jun 1851 by Hine-i-paketia and d Te Hapuku in Whakatu to Sir Donald McLean, related to Ngati Kahungunu.

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

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

4 Hune 1851


Ki a Te Makarini

Haere ra, e taku pukapuka, ki a Te Makarini.

E hoa, tena ra koe. Ka nui toku aroha atu ki a koe.

Tenei taku kupu ki a koe, ko te kainga o Paora i ki iho nei koe kia karangatia e au nga utu, e waru rau pauna o nga utu, o Mohaka i karangatia ai e maua ko Paka. Puta noa mai ki Waihari, haere noa ki runga o Mohaka. Ko Te Heru-o-Tureia i karangatia e Paora raua ko Te Herewini kia waiho to raua tupuna whenua, kai a koe tahi taha tahi taha, he wahi paku noa ko waenganui anake ko te keonga ki runga o te hiwi, ko reira te wahi i kia e Te Herewini Poatutu kia waiho mau a ia [?].

Te whakaaro ki a Paora a muri iho, i te waru rau pauna ki tana hoki i karangai ai, kia toru tautini. N[a], kua ki atu na hoki pea ki a koe, kia kake tonu nga utu o tona kainga; ina mau[a] ko Paka tena whakahokinga. Hoi ano te korero mo tenei kainga, mo Mohaka.

Naku tenei ki a koe, na Te Hei[?], na Te Hapuku, ki te mea ka rite ta korua korero ko Kawana ki ta matou pukapuka, ki te wha tautini 800 kia 2000 i te tau tuatahi, kia rite ai nga tangata, inahoki puta noa atu ano ki Wairarapa te huinga mai.

English (E Ma)

4 June 1851


To McLean

Go off, my letter, to McLean.

Friend, greetings to you. I have great affection for you.

This is what I have to say to you. Paora's land that you said I should demand payment for, £800, in Mohaka, was called for by Parker and I. From right out at Waihari, it continues over Mohaka. Paora and Te Herewini demanded that Te Heru-o-Tureia, their ancestral land be left, with you having one part, just a small part in the middle of the peak of the ridge, that is the part which Te Herewini Poatutu says to leave for you [?].

As to Paora's request later for £800 to be 3,000, now, he will perhaps speak to you about raising the payment for his land when Parker and I return. That's all to say about this land, about Mohaka.

I've this to say to you, and Te Hei [?] and Te Hapuku, that if you and the Governor are of a mind with our letter for the 4,800, with 2000 in the first year, the same for the people, then a meeting will result at Wairarapa.

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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

Koi riri mai koe ki tenei korero. Ko te tau timatanga nei i kia atu ai kia rua tautini i te tau tuatahi. He kupu pai tenei kupu mo nga tangata o tawhiti, i kia atu ai kia rua tautini kia wawe te mutu atu te whakaaro ki a ratou.

Kia rongo koe, hei Te Waipukurau ano nga utu mo taku kainga tango ai nga utu. E kore au e pai ki te haere ki Ahuriri, engari hei te wahi ano i karatia [karangatia] ai i Te Waipukurau, hei reira ano ona utu tango ai.

E hoa, i te 28 o nga ra o Hurae, ka homai nga utu o Heretaunga. Kia wawe te tae mai.


Ka mutu naku,
na Te Hapuku. Na Hineipaketia
No Whakatu, Te Kuruperehi

English (E Ma)

Don't be annoyed about this statement. To start off, it is suggested that there be 2,000 in the first year. This suits the people at a distance, who said that the 2,000 would quickly settle their consideration.

Listen, let the payments for my land be handed over at Te Waipukurau, as I don't want to go to Ahuriri, but let it be at the place announced, at Te Waipukurau, it is there the payments should be received.

Friend, on the 28th of July the payments will be given for Heretaunga. Come here quickly. I conclude here.


From me,
Te Hapuku, and from Hineipaketia
From Whakatu, Te Kuruperehi

Te Reo Maori (E Ma)

4 Hune 1851


Ki a Te Makarini

Haere ra, e taku pukapuka, ki a Te Makarini.

E hoa, tena ra koe. Ka nui toku aroha atu ki a koe.

Tenei taku kupu ki a koe, ko te kainga o Paora i ki iho nei koe kia karangatia e au nga utu, e waru rau pauna o nga utu, o Mohaka i karangatia ai e maua ko Paka. Puta noa mai ki Waihari, haere noa ki runga o Mohaka. Ko Te Heru-o-Tureia i karangatia e Paora raua ko Te Herewini kia waiho to raua tupuna whenua, kai a koe tahi taha tahi taha, he wahi paku noa ko waenganui anake ko te keonga ki runga o te hiwi, ko reira te wahi i kia e Te Herewini Poatutu kia waiho mau a ia [?].

Te whakaaro ki a Paora a muri iho, i te waru rau pauna ki tana hoki i karangai ai, kia toru tautini. N[a], kua ki atu na hoki pea ki a koe, kia kake tonu nga utu o tona kainga; ina mau[a] ko Paka tena whakahokinga. Hoi ano te korero mo tenei kainga, mo Mohaka.

Naku tenei ki a koe, na Te Hei[?], na Te Hapuku, ki te mea ka rite ta korua korero ko Kawana ki ta matou pukapuka, ki te wha tautini 800 kia 2000 i te tau tuatahi, kia rite ai nga tangata, inahoki puta noa atu ano ki Wairarapa te huinga mai. Koi riri mai koe ki tenei korero. Ko te tau timatanga nei i kia atu ai kia rua tautini i te tau tuatahi. He kupu pai tenei kupu mo nga tangata o tawhiti, i kia atu ai kia rua tautini kia wawe te mutu atu te whakaaro ki a ratou.

Kia rongo koe, hei Te Waipukurau ano nga utu mo taku kainga tango ai nga utu. E kore au e pai ki te haere ki Ahuriri, engari hei te wahi ano i karatia [karangatia] ai i Te Waipukurau, hei reira ano ona utu tango ai.

E hoa, i te 28 o nga ra o Hurae, ka homai nga utu o Heretaunga. Kia wawe te tae mai.


Ka mutu naku,
na Te Hapuku. Na Hineipaketia
No Whakatu, Te Kuruperehi

English (E Ma)

4 June 1851


To McLean

Go off, my letter, to McLean.

Friend, greetings to you. I have great affection for you.

This is what I have to say to you. Paora's land that you said I should demand payment for, £800, in Mohaka, was called for by Parker and I. From right out at Waihari, it continues over Mohaka. Paora and Te Herewini demanded that Te Heru-o-Tureia, their ancestral land be left, with you having one part, just a small part in the middle of the peak of the ridge, that is the part which Te Herewini Poatutu says to leave for you [?].

As to Paora's request later for £800 to be 3,000, now, he will perhaps speak to you about raising the payment for his land when Parker and I return. That's all to say about this land, about Mohaka.

I've this to say to you, and Te Hei [?] and Te Hapuku, that if you and the Governor are of a mind with our letter for the 4,800, with 2000 in the first year, the same for the people, then a meeting will result at Wairarapa. Don't be annoyed about this statement. To start off, it is suggested that there be 2,000 in the first year. This suits the people at a distance, who said that the 2,000 would quickly settle their consideration.

Listen, let the payments for my land be handed over at Te Waipukurau, as I don't want to go to Ahuriri, but let it be at the place announced, at Te Waipukurau, it is there the payments should be received.

Friend, on the 28th of July the payments will be given for Heretaunga. Come here quickly. I conclude here.


From me,
Te Hapuku, and from Hineipaketia
From Whakatu, Te Kuruperehi

Part of:
Inward letters in Maori, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0675E (9 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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