Letter from Piripi to McLean, 18 Oct 1852
Reference Number: MS-Papers-0032-0676E-03. Object #1031709
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Te Reo Maori (E Ma)
18 Oketopa 1852
E hoa, e Te Makarini,
Whakarongo mai ki a matou kupu. Ko te whenua kaua hei whakatapua tetahi wahi, e mea ana matou, kati ano he utu mo o matou tupapaku. Ko te whenua, e Te Makarini, kaua hei waiho tetahi wahi engari kia pau [ka]toa te whenua ha Mangoraka, ha Waiongana, kia pau katoa. Kati ano he utu mo to matou tupapaku. Ko te whenua ka paia nei, ko to matou ritenga o mua, e waiho ano e matou me utu ki te tangata, ahakoa he matua, ka patua e matou, ahakoa he tuakana, ahakoa he taina, ahakoa he whaea, ka patu noa iho matou i a matou ano. Waihoki, e Te Makarini, whakarongo mai, ko Mangoraka te pua o to ngakau, ko Waiongana ko te roro o to upoko, kahore he whakatapunga i waenganui o te whenua.
English (E Ma)
18 October 1852
Listen to what we have to say. Concerning the land, let there be no part reserved but let there be some recompense for our dead. For this land, McLean, don't leave any part out but take in all of Mangoraka and of Waiongana, take the lot. But let there be some payment for our dead. On the land which is agreed to, it was our custom in earlier times to let it be paid for with people, whether it was parents we would kill them, whether elder or younger brothers, or mothers, we would simply kill some of ourselves. Likewise, McLean, listen, Mangoraka is the flower of your heart, and Waiongana the brains in your head, and there should be no reserved place in between them [and also] on the land.
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